Despite winning the 2010 national championship, Gene Chizik is reportedly no longer the coach of the Auburn Tigers. Auburn has fired 2010 coach of the year award-winner Gene Chizik, according to Bruce Feldman, after a woeful 2012 campaign that's seen the Tigers rank among the country's worst teams in almost every major category, drop SEC games against multiple teams with far fewer resources and lesser expectations, accrued multiple NCAA investigations (one ongoing), come within an overtime field goal of losing a Sun Belt game, get blasted off the field by archrival Alabama and finish without a single conference win. In all, Auburn became the worst team two years removed from a national title in college football history. After that title run, Auburn fell to 8-5 in 2011 before the wheels went flying to the ends of the earth. Chizik's staff recruited well, fielding consistent top classes, but couldn't translate all that talent into success on the field, especially on the offensive side of the ball during the end of Malzahn's time as offensive coordinator and through to 2012. The next coach should have capable players to work with, I'm saying. Auburn has the resources to hire just about anybody they want, however, so expect big names to enter the conversation as well -- Jimbo Fisher rumors have circulated for quite a while now, but disregard those. To be honest, since this is a SEC job, go ahead and plunk in every possible candidate name you can fathom right here.
I'm sure everyone expected this. At least they should have a better season next year. Who would you guys like to see take over at Auburn? My cousin who loves Auburn really wants Bobby Petrino. It'll be fun to see where this goes from here.