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Yes, I know that his team is now in the national championship, and yes, I know that he has won multiple awards for coaching. However, most of his awards have either come as an assistant coach or a defensive coach.
As a head coach, however, Chizik has a less than impressive record. After leaving Auburn for the Iowa State head coaching job, he led the Cyclones to a dismal 3-9 record, worse than their previous season's record under head coach Dan McCarney. Despite his poor record, Chizik was kept on board and after winning the first two games of the 2008 season, lost 10 consecutive games to finish the season 2-10.
And yet, he was offered another opportunity at Auburn. In his first year during the 2009 season, he led the Tigers to a 7-5 record and a win over Northwestern in the Outback Bowl.
There is no doubt that Chizik has the capabilities to be a good coach, but he is just not there yet. Cameron Newton carried the team on his shoulders and it was Malzahn's complicated offense, not Chizik's, that brought the Auburn Tigers to the top.
Good coach, yes.
Good head coach, no.