A report from 247Sports.com (pay link) said that Auburn president Jay Gogue has informed members of the board of trustees they are ‘preparing to possibly’ dismiss head coach Gene Chizik after the season.
The report also stated that Athletic Director Jay Jacobs would be retained.
Gogue has contacted board members about forming a committee of ‘possibly’ removing Chizik and naming a new head coach ‘within days the season is over should Chizik not be retained’.
Gogue issued a statement on October 25th asking fans to support the program despite the horrible season.
Gogue issued another statement Thursday saying he’s been contacted by many fans in the past few weeks. The Tigers are 1-6 under Coach Gene Chizik for the team’s worst start in 60 years.
Gogue says he shares many of the fans’ concerns about football. He says the program will be evaluated as it is each year in an “objective, thorough and professional process.”
Chizik’s contract runs through the 2015 season, but if he’s dismissed early, AU would owe him $7.5 million buyout that would be payable over the remainder of his career.
Look, I think it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion now barring a victory over Georgia or Alabama that Chizik will be gone at the end of the season.
Auburn’s 247Sports’ site also says that Louisville offensive coordinator Shawn Watson has been named as a potential candidate.
Who would I hire? I would target the head coach at Louisville, Charlie Strong, and then let him bring Watson along with him. All kidding aside, Strong has an SEC pedigree with head coaching experience, and he’s a dynamite recruiter who could haul talent into Auburn every year, not that that has been a problem during Chizik’s tenure. However, he has shown he can develop players once on campus, something Chizik’s tenure hasn’t proven.
Who do you think Auburn will hire?
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