Commander's Call: Auburn's Future Rests With Cam Newton and Gene Chizik

Alabama VoodooCorrespondent IMay 22, 2010

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1: Coach Gene Chizik of the Auburn Tigers leaves the field with a win against the Northwestern Wildcats in the Outback Bowl January 1, 2010 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Will this young Auburn football team win the SEC West and ultimately the conference championship in 2010?


So quit dreaming "my fellow" Tiger fans but what I can tell you is this...

Ten wins with coach Gene Chizik  and the "unproven quarterback" in Cam Newton is definitely possible and according to Phil Steele the utmost authority, year in and year out on college football in his upcoming College Football forecast lists Cam Newton  as the projected number four QB in the conference.  Nice ink in my opinion. 

Then again Phil Steele also rates unproven freshman Marcus Lattimore  the South Carolina prize recruit higher than the Crimson Tide bowling ball, all-purpose back Trent Richardson. Who is probably the best running back in the conference besides the Heisman trophy winner  he just so happens to back up! Clearly this has to be based on projected amount of carries, catches, etc. Otherwise, we've  got serious confusion placed in print. 

Cam Newton is unproven in the SEC, no doubt but something that should go without saying; he's a winner and he has proven that by sewing up the 2009 JUCO National Title at Blin Community College in rural Texas. This is no easy task and the first step towards achieving one of his goals, return to where he truly belongs, quarterbacking in the SEC.  

Now, let's not discuss Cameron Newton and his so called jaded past as pointed out by the many life experts who get off on calling him names and making rude and petty comments.  

The immature riddled accusations have been and will obviously be made against this young man's character as long as he remains in the spotlight. But something this great nation does is forgive everyone except Murderers, rapists, and child molesters.  Looks like Cam Newton is way in the clear as some more famous people like Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, and even Bill Clinton seem to be doing just fine these days.

I for one; openly admit if it wasn't for second chances I wouldn't be where I am today. And this should go without saying but the mistakes and errors we make in life no matter whether we are young or old can be a catapult to our true destiny or redemption when others have written us off. 

In the age of the internet opinion reaching out to thousands and sometimes millions I hope this article reaches specifically two readers, Cam Newton and Coach Gene Chizik .

I hope that this young man takes this opportunity he has and makes not only his family, friends, teammates, and coaches proud but himself proud of the journey he has taken to his current place in life. You only live once, and life is what you make it. 

The 2010 season is a not a wash just as 2009 was nothing of the sort either. With a staff of unique personalities a young head coach and a collective vision this team now has the potential to springboard into the top 10 in 2010 and become a legitimate BCS contender in 2011. 

When a vision of championship level football is coupled with a family theme and becomes conceptionally captured by an entire team; players, staff and fans alike, anything is possible. Look no further than across the state to your biggest rival as a model for success. 

Leaders in all successful organizations are out front and accountable for their peoples actions, give credit to them when success is achieved but adamantly take the blame during the harsh times (Georgia and Alabama loses). This is the proper landscape for a positive and successful environment. When hard work is paramount and finding a way to motivate people to exceed their very own expectations this cultivates Championship football. 

I must admit Gene Chizik inherited a program that was traditionally strong but a train wreck emotionally. His style and way ahead to the future has been refreshing and a bit of a surprise to the majority of the Auburn Nation.  Myself and most fans thought if Tommy Tuberville  was out as HC then at an absolute minimum a lateral move was a must in finding his replacement, if not a proven winner at an NCAA  or NFL level.  

Who honestly thought hiring coach Chizik was a lateral move? Heck, we all knew what he did at Iowa State. I personally said why are the Tigers stepping backwards? His resume as an assistant was impeccable but just as in Army terms the executive officer although an outstanding performer, may not be ready to be a Commander, thus was my opinion of Coach Chizik.

I since then I have seen him through the course of his short tenure on the Plains be humble, get excited, be hungry, recruit top talent, win a bowl game, take care of his staff, treat his team as family and admit when he lost games all the while exceeding the majority of the entire college football  world's expectations. 

Its not time to call Coach Chizik the next Bobby Bowden  or Joe Paterno  or even compare him to Nick Saban , cause he is nothing of the sort. I like him as the first Coach Chizik and see what he does with that.