Gene Chizik entered Saturday’s game with nothing to lose. The Tigers walked away with a 42-7 win, but the blowout will not cool the seat of the Auburn head coach.
The Tigers have limped to a 2-7 record and are winless in the SEC. With only games against Georgia and Alabama remaining in conference, Auburn doesn’t appear to have a winnable game remaining. This Tigers team will be the first to go winless in the SEC since 1980.
That same season just happened to be the last of the Doug Barfield era at Auburn. Barfield left college coaching just one year later, but his successor was what made waves with the Auburn faithful.
Pat Dye replaced Barfield, ushering in a new era of Auburn Football.
Resurgence was expected with Gene Chizik after he won a national title just two short years after taking over the program. An 8-5 season followed the national title run, and now the Tigers sit at 2-7 just two years removed from the best season in school history.
There can’t be a lack of talent on the Plains after Gene Chizik and Co. have hauled in three consecutive Top 10 recruiting classes, but there is an apparent lack of execution on a weekly basis. There is only so much that can be blamed on youth.
That is where the problem lies for Auburn currently—who is to blame and where can the Tigers find coaches that can make this talent execute?
Obviously, the bulk of the blame lies at the feet of the head coach. Gene Chizik did Auburn a favor by directing a national title, but he has worked his way out of a job at Auburn. This win was supposed to happen, but the other seven losses weren’t.
Against Texas A&M, the Tigers didn’t even look competitive. The Aggies absolutely throttled Auburn at home and the yells began for Chizik to be relieved of duty. As the season continues to drag on, the inevitable seems to be right around the corner.
The loss to Texas A&M came after big losses to Arkansas, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. Auburn has lost a lot of games that they never should.
There isn’t enough coach speak left for Chizik to say to save his job. Not even after a 35-point win—especially with the win being against New Mexico State.
When Auburn will pull the trigger is the thing to watch, not if Chizik will retain his job. This program is guided by a fanbase that is hungry to win again. They were handed a BCS title during a dynastic run at Alabama and it is time for the wins to come again.
Did the win buy Chizik time?
Success can be achieved by the players on this roster. There is a ton of talent that is present and a lot that is waiting to sign this coming February. The sooner Auburn makes a move, the better it will be to begin the rebuilding process.
Auburn fans will thank Gene Chizik for his big 2010 year, but they are ready to usher in a new era of Tigers Football and a blowout win on Homecoming won’t be enough to change the fate of the Auburn head coach.