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As fun as it is to throw Gene and the coaching staff under the bus right now, I prefer to think about the good that has been done and how incredible it has been to be a student during Chizik's tenure.
I wholeheartedly believe that we would not have won the NC without Gene Chizik. Yes Cam and Nick were huge parts, but hello he and his staff recruited them. And think back to all the allegations surrounding Cam's recruitment. Without Gene's calming voice and influence our team would have absolutely lost focus and never won the SEC or National championships. (Probably wouldn't have come storming back to beat Bama either)
I had the great honor of eating a meal at the Chizik house and couldn't ask for a better man to represent Auburn. So while you bash him and the entire institution, know that Auburn hasn't changed and the student body still believes in Auburn.
If you're an Alumni on this board and keep your mouth shut about things that you don't control, then you are a disgrace to the university that you hold a degree from.
I'm reminded by this portion of the Auburn Creed: I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.
I believe in Auburn and Love It. And if you don't any more then I suggest you go elsewhere. Find a new university. If you're not All In then get out.
I defend Chizik a good bit but still, there just isn't an excuse for the teams he has fielded.
Chizik brought life back into the program with some energetic assistants and a big recruiting boom. Then followed up by blowing up the recruiting trail and then winning a championship. If for no other reason, this was worth hiring him and his assistants. But the lack of player development is catching up with this staff and they have completely lost the team. Once lost, it is very difficult to get them back. I thank Coach Chizik and all the other coaches, but it is just time we part ways with them.
This post was edited by Mattco on 10/25/2012 at 5:57 AM
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