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First of all, four years ago no one expected Chizik to get an interview, much less get the job. Even when word got out that JJ was considering him, it was explained away by many as a 'courtesy to an old friend'. So his hire was definitely a big surprise that few saw as a possibility at the beginning of the search.
But I've read many times recently how AU 'always hires someone not on the original list'. Nothing could be further than the truth.
Attached is a link from the Plainsman, written before the UGa game in 1998, just weeks after Bowden resigned. Clearly Tuberville was the top target, even as many were lobbying to give interim Bill Oliver the job permanently.
And I remember hearing Bowden's name fairly early in the process back in '92, mainly because all the negatives surrounding the program were going to keep a lot of potential candidates from considering us. Likewise, Dye was known all along as a fallback to stealing Dooley away from UGa in 1980.
I've seen a lot of lists of potential candidates posted since yesterday. There are only four names that are on every list: Malzahn, Jimbo, Smart and Petrino. AU's next HC will almost certainly be one of those four.
And that will be no surprise at all.
This post was edited by FearlessFreep 20 months ago
good post... I agree with you.
Its becoming clear to me that no TOP tier coach will come to Auburn at this particular time. Im begining to to come to the notion that Strong or Malzahn are the best we can hope for, both of whom are clearly in the mix and widely discussed.
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