Auburn Football: Keys to Success in 2013 for the Tigers

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2012

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 10:  Head coach Gene Chizik of the Auburn Tigers speaks to his players while warming up before their game against the Georgia Bulldogs on November 10, 2012 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama. Georgia defeated Auburn 38-0 and clinched the SEC East division.  (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
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The Auburn Tigers (3-9, 0-8 SEC) had one of the worst seasons in their existence this year, and the university has decided to go in a new direction at head coach, firing Gene Chizik Sunday (h/t ESPN).

With turnover from the head coach down, Auburn is looking to turn the page on this chapter in its history and return to the prominence that brought the team a BCS national title in 2012.

After such an awful season, the drastic changes were expected and quite necessary.

As much credibility as a national title gave Chizik, his high price tag (h/t Tracee Hamilton of the Washington Post) and the lack of success since Cam Newton left for the NFL is undeniable.

These are two very basic—but all too necessary—changes the school must make now in order to build towards a brighter 2013 season in the already tough SEC.


Find a Quarterback and Stick With Him

Auburn used sophomore Kiehl Frazier to start the season and turned to freshman Jonathan Wallace to close the 2012 campaign. With a lack of true success from either player, the team must decide which player has more to offer and let him grow in the system.

Both Frazier and Wallace are very young and still learning their craft. If Auburn wants to be a BCS title contender anytime soon, the new coaching staff must choose which QB would give the team the best chance to win and hone them into a viable college football star.

While many Tigers fans will look to the more experienced Frazier as the easy answer, Wallace may have the dual-threat ability that would fit the spread offense Auburn currently runs. If the next head coach utilizes the same system, Wallace should be the starter all season.


Find a Real Coach

While there are many solid options that could turn the Auburn football program around, there is only one correct hire, and that is disgraced Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino.

In his college head coaching career, Petrino has a 75-26 overall record and two conference titles.

There is no better option for a team looking to rebuild its program than a man who just did it with the Razorbacks. The Tigers will have plenty of questions to answer about Petrino’s off-the-field issues (h/t ESPN), but everyone deserves a second chance.

Especially in the SEC, where winning is king.


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