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I remembered this from four years ago when Chiz was hired, and while I thought it made some troubling points, as 2009 and especially 2010 transpired I chalked it up to sour grapes. Today I revisited it, and thought I might share it to see if anyone else thought the criticisms were valid given what we know now.
A few excerpts:
"Chizik's resume is built on winning with superior players, something anybody can do. It's not hard to win at Texas or Auburn; it's hard to lose. When he was given the third-highest assistant coach salary pool in the Big 12 and immediately set about hiring his old buddies for jobs they weren't qualified for at a pay rate twice what he could have gotten them for, you knew he was playing head coach instead of actually being one."
"The next opposing coach that Chizik outsmarts will be the first. Without superior athletes, he was rendered impotent as a coach and when all three phases became his ultimate responsibility, he gagged on it."
"But when you consider the games that his Iowa State teams choked away against very beatable opponents these last two autumns, even better players might not have mattered. Because the players he had at Iowa State were collectively good enough to go .500 or better in each of his two seasons in Ames. He and his coaching staff were the problem, not the players."
I won't post the entire piece, but the link is included (it's free content).
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Have to admit, after futher review, this guy knew what he was talking about...
"I've seen some coaches lose with good players. I haven't seen anybody win without them." Rhett Lashlee
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Joke's on him! 1-5 baby!
"Alabama fans love Alabama football, Auburn fans love Auburn" -- Patrick Fain Dye
I was never excited about the hire. We are finally looking at the thing honestly, not through orange and blue glasses. He was a 5 - 19 hire. He came in to a team that had a whole lot more talent than his iowa state team had. He had a good season in year one. There were some good players who were demoralized and needed someone to pick them up. That happened and we won 8 games. He caught lightning in a bottle in year two; a group of hungry seniors who were very good football players; two studs, dyer and Newton, that he brings in and, bingo, bcs. It's been a down hill slide ever since.
And remember that former AU coordinator Paul Rhodes went to Iowa State and the next season won six games and went to a bowl game.
Alabama fans love Alabama football
Auburn fans love Auburn University
I agree with that croupdog
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