Chizik Fired As Auburn Coach
Just four years after taking over as the head coach at Auburn, Gene Chizik was fired on Sunday afternoon.
The Tigers struggled in 2012 as they went 0-8 in SEC play and finished just 3-9 overall. Auburn finished 116th in both points for and passing yards just two years after going a perfect 14-0 and winning a national championship.
Chizik was 19-19 in three seasons without former Heisman trophy winner Cam Newton and was just 7-17 in conference play. This season was the worst in school history since the Tigers went winless in 1950.
Chizik was 33-19 overall at the school. Chizik will receive more than $150,000 a month over the next four years if he does not accept another coaching position.
The following is an excerpt of the statement released by the former Tigers coach:
“I am very grateful for the opportunity that I had during the last four seasons to serve as the head football coach at Auburn University. I’m extremely disappointed with the way this season turned out and I apologize to the Auburn family and our team for what they have had to endure.”
The opening is the fourth this year in the SEC, joining Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee.