Gene Chizik Ushering in New Era in Auburn Football

Ross CollingsContributor IAugust 17, 2010

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1: Coach Gene Chizik of the Auburn Tigers moves players from the field before overtime against the Northwestern Wildcats in the Outback Bowl January 1, 2010 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

The SEC is considered the best college football conference by a wide margin.

The last four national champions are all from the SEC. The SEC also always has a large number of schools in the top 25 every year. 

But this isn't about the SEC. This is about Auburn.

In 2008, Auburn suffered its worst season under Tommy Tuberville when they finished 5-8, and the entire back room had collapsed. That December Jay Jacobs hired Gene Chizik to coach at Auburn University, and no Auburn fan has regretted it since. He brought in a terrific staff, with names such as Gus Malzahn, Trooper Taylor, and Curtis Luper. 

In 2009, Auburn reversed its 2008 record with an 8-5 finish and a nail-biter bowl win over Northwestern. 

But of course, many of you already know that story all too well. In 2010, there is a new sense of excitement with the Auburn Tiger football team. They are improving the depth issues at positions such as linebacker and in the secondary, and they are not only improving the depth level, but the talent level as well.

Auburn football is not known for mediocrity, and Gene Chizik knows this. He coached the 2004 Auburn defense to an undefeated season and a Sugar Bowl win over Virginia Tech. The general consensus for 2010 is going from "good to great," and that is something I believe every Auburn fan wants to see.

It will not be easy since, going back to the start of the article, the SEC is the toughest competition in college football, with powerhouse names such as Florida and Alabama and other big time schools such as Arkansas, Georgia, and LSU. 

Slowly but surely though, Chizik will be the one to deliver Auburn University its first national championship since 1957, and many SEC championships to go along with that. Heck, maybe they can win more than one national championship under Gene Chizik.

Who knows?

I see good things for this football program—great things, in fact. Great things for the coaches, players, faculty, students, and teachers. They are proud to be a part of the Auburn family, and nationally more and more people are starting to see that.

So where does this era begin? begins in Jordan-Hare Stadium, of course.