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'All In:' Chizik book is on the way

AUBURN – Gene Chizik, national champion coach, will soon become Gene Chizik, published author.

Chizik, who led Auburn to a 14-0 record and the BCS national championship in his second season, has collaborated with Fort Worth Star-Telegram sports columnist David Thomas to write “All In: What It Takes to Be the Best.” It is set for release July 5.

Tyndale House Publishers, an Illinois company that specializes in Christian-themed books, is the publisher.

"I want to thank Tyndale House Publishing for giving me a chance to tell my story, which I hope will be a source of inspiration and encouragement to others,” Chizik said in a news release. “I especially want to thank David Thomas for collaborating with me and for doing what it took to make this project possible, including numerous late-night phone conversations. David is a consummate professional who deserves my deepest gratitude, along with the entire Tyndale team."

The book, the PR release says, will be "filled with never-before-told stories from Chizik's controversial coaching career -- from his highly contentious departure from Iowa State and his heavily criticized appointment at Auburn, to his historic 2010 championship run, and all of the extraordinary twists and turns along the way. Coach Chizik opens up about the pivotal role his faith has played in his life and career and shares his time-tested secrets to success, both on and off the field."

The book will follow Chizik's journey from when he was a coach who went 5-19 at Iowa State, endured harsh criticism when he was hired at Auburn and then won the national championship in his second season.

The Tyndale House release says the book will include “never-before-told stories and will detail the role Chizik’s faith has played in his life and his career.

"He has such an incredible story, and because he is typically so private, I think a lot of people are going to be fascinated by what he has to say about his career, his faith, the way he runs his program, the 2010 championship run—everything,” senior acquisitions editor Carol Traver said. “Seriously—football fan or not, this book really is a terrific read.”

The book will retail for $24.99

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