I know that typically I don’t blog about sports and this post will make two in one week, but what in the world is going on in Auburn, Alabama? The new head coach will be 5-19 Iowa State Head Coach, Gene Chizik?
As an Arkansas Razorbacks fan, I have not kept up to date with the goings on in Auburn, but have always had the highest respect for Coach Tuberville and his tenure at the helm of the Tiger Football program there. It seems that since the magical undefeated season in 2004 (which any other year, including this one, would have earned him a spot in the National Championship game) with the likes of Jason Campbell (now with the Redskins), Ronnie Brown (Dolphins) and Carnell “Cadillac” Williams (Bucs) and many others that things between the “powers-that-be” and Tuberville have gone sour. I don’t know what’s happened, but why in the world did they let Tuberville go? What more do they expect Gene Chizik to do?
Wikipedia reports that Tuberville’s record against Alabama was 7-3 during his 10 years including 6 straight victories. Does one loss and a great year for the in-state rivals create such a stir as to get rid of a highly successful head coach? The report is that Tuberville resigned and he has not made any attempt to go into more detail since December 3, 2008, when his resignation was made public. There are reports that Tuberville’s mom says Auburn fired him. From one on the outside looking in, it certainly looks like they encouraged him to go.
Auburn alum, Charles Barkley, has gone public through ESPN stating his opinion that race was a factor in the hiring of Gene Chizik. Barkley has a reputation for readily speaking his mind and though I don’t always agree with Sir Charles, I think he’s right on the money here. Why they went with 10-consecutive-loss Chizik instead of Turner Gill currently with Buffalo (or perhaps another minority candidate – surely there are several who don’t currently have a 10-loss-streak going) I will never know. As previously stated, I live in the south and am well aware of the rampant racism that still exists, particularly within the moneybags within the SEC. Now that Croom has been unsuccessful at Mississippi State and has now been removed, I wonder how long it will take for the SEC to hire their second minority head football coach?
I digress. All-in-all, I’m thankful that Chizik was hired at Auburn. Surely I can quickly eliminate them as a SEC Western-Division contender for the next few years: Just one less team the U of A Razorbacks will have to fear.