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Report: Chizik Out As Auburn’s Coach

Auburn has fired coach Gene Chizik, according to reports from AL.com and CBSSports.com.

Chizik was told the news on Sunday before he informed his coaches and then his players during a team meeting, according to the AL.com report.

Auburn finished the season with a 3-9 record, 0-8 in the SEC. The Tigers finished the year with a 49-0 loss to rival Alabama on Saturday.

Chizik compiled a 33-19 overall record in four years at Auburn. He went 15-17 in the SEC with the only winning season in conference play coming with the school’s national title in 2010.

UPDATE: Auburn has officially announced Chizik’s dismissal. From Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs:

“This season demonstrated that we need a different direction to get where we want to go. We will move as quickly as possible in our search for a new Head Coach, guided by the benchmarks President (Jay) Gogue and I expect. Those benchmarks are a track record as a proven winner, a commitment to playing within the rules and student-athlete academic success. 

“I am pleased to announce that we have put together an outstanding search committee to find our next head coach. The committee consists of several great Auburn leaders who share our commitment to competing at the highest level and who understand what it takes to succeed at Auburn. I am honored that Mac Crawford, Bo Jackson and Pat Sullivan have agreed to join our efforts to find the best coach possible for our student-athletes, the students of Auburn University and the Auburn Family. I’m proud to be part of this distinguished group.”

 


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