AUBURN - AUBURN - A search for a head football coach to replace Gene Chizik, dismissed on Sunday, will begin immediately, Auburn president Jay Gogue said Sunday.
Auburn president Jay Gogue
A committee that includes former Auburn Heisman Trophy winners Pat Sullivan and Bo Jackson and former Auburn player Mac Crawford will aid in the search.
Sullivan, the head coach at Samford, was the 1971 Heisman winner. Jackson won it in 1985.
“I sincerely appreciate Coach Chizik and his staff for their commitment, hard work and leadership," Gogue said in a prepared statement. "Athletics Director Jay Jacobs is now devoting his time and energy to search for a new coach who will lead Auburn football to excellence. I look forward to receiving a recommendation from his committee.”
The committee, Jacobs said, will be diligent in searching for the right choice for Auburn.
“The search committee will work hard and work smart, consistent with the expectations set by Dr. Gogue,” Jacobs said. “We will be thorough and thoughtful as we look for someone with a track record as a proven winner, a commitment to playing within the rules and a focus on student-athlete academic success. We’re privileged to have such a distinguished group put in the time and effort to lead this search.”
Jacobs said he told Chizik early Sunday morning that he would recommend a change. In Chizik's fourth season, Auburn went 3-9 overall and 0-8 in the Southeastern Conference. The season ended with a 49-0 loss at Alabama on Saturday.
"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," Chizik said in a prepared statement. "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.
"In my 27 years of coaching, I have gained an understanding of the high expectations in this profession. When expectations are not met, I understand changes must be made."