Gene Chizik has been fired as the head coach at Auburn.

Athletic Director Jay Jacobs released the following letter to fans:

I have recommended that Coach Gene Chizik not be retained. President Gogue has accepted my recommendation. Earlier this morning, I informed Coach Chizik that he will not return as head coach.

While I am disappointed that Coach Chizik’s career here has come to an end we will long cherish the memories of our first National Championship in 53 years. Gene and his staff will always be a part of the Auburn Family, and we wish them and their families the best.

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.

A report three weeks ago stated that the university was making plans to fire Chizik after the season, and the 49-0 blowout loss to in-state rival Alabama certainly didn’t help matters.

The Tigers finished 3-9 overall and 0-8 in the SEC. Chizik’s buyout is $7.5 million on December 1st.

Chizik informed his assistant coaches he was fired Saturday night.

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