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Writer: Auburn Might Have The Best Staff In College Football

We all know that Auburn’s coaching staff is now the highest paid in the country — at least in terms of public schools who have to reveal their contracts to the media.

But Kevin Scarbinsky of The Birmingham News believes “you could make a strong case” that AU also has the best coaching staff in the country, not just the richest.

Sure you could make that case.  The Tigers are coming off a 14-0 season in which they won the BCS championship.  Gene Chizik and crew have consistently recruited well, too.

But allow us to tap the brakes here for just a second.  It was just a year ago — prior to the arrival of Cam Newton — that this same staff oversaw a 3-5 SEC record.  In fact, the Tigers in 2009 actually lost five of their last six SEC games.

In addition, Chizik was spectacularly bad in two seasons at Iowa State.

We’re not saying Auburn’s staff isn’t good.  You don’t win a national crown if you don’t know what you’re doing.  But it’s way too soon to list them among the best staffs in America.  Just as it would have been unfair to call them duds after the ’09 SEC campaign.

How ’bout we give this thing another year or two before we send Chizik’s bust to the College Football Hall of Fame.  He may well end up there, but after two seasons — even as impressive as last season was — it’s just too early to make any definitive declarations of greatness.

Surely I’m not the only person in the SEC interested to see what Chizik and Malzahn can do without Newton at QB.

As for those high salaries, Scarbinsky wisely points out that AU’s coaches had better continue to be “money.”  “At these prices,” he writes, “one national title won’t be enough.”



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