This season has been one of the most painful I can remember. Throughout the pain, I have listened to other opinions, and changed my tune several times. Until Saturday, I had moved into the “let Gene Chizik finish the season” camp.
No more. I want him gone…..NOW.
There is absolutely no purpose served by keeping him around another year at this point. Recruiting is done. The season is done. The team has quit, the coaches have quit, and the fans have quit. I have no desire to watch the games anymore. This team is an embarrasment to the university at this point.
Before you start screaming, sit down. I don’t blame the kids on the team….not one damn bit. It’s not the kids’ fault. They aren’t professionals. This isn’t the NFL. They are 18-23 year old KIDS. Their mentality and effort is completely derived from the coaches, and the coaches are failing at a monumental level this year. You can’t blame the players, not at the NCAA level. You can’t blame their lack of talent. These kids were almost all 4 and 5 star recruiits in high school. They didn’t ALL come to Auburn and suddenly start sucking. What has happened is the coaches that are paid millions of dollars per year to develop young talent have failed to do their job, and even worse, have given up at this point.
I had said at the end of last year that this will be the season where we find out whether or not Gene Chizik can coach. This is the season where we find out whether that 5-19 record at Iowa State was due to a lack of resources and talent, or if it was due to his lack of ability to lead a program. Unfortunately, the answer has become quite clear.
Gene Chizik can’t coach.
Make no mistake about it: this is HIS program now. His players, his hires, his coaches, his decisions, his schemes. We see the results: massive failure on every level. I’ll say it again, he and his staff have failed on every single level. His hire of Brian VanGorder hasn’t panned out, and he’ll probably be gone at the end of the year. Scot Loeffler has been the worst OC hire I can ever remember at Auburn, even worse than the whole Tony Franklin debacle. On top of that, Chizik has refused to demote or fire him, choosing to stubbornly stick with something that is NOT working in a vain attempt to prove everybody wrong.
Unfortunately, as everyone knows, Chizik is not the only problem we have. The biggest problem we have is Jay Jacobs, Pat Dye, and the good ol’ boys network that consists of a bunch of rich boosters that all think they should be running the program because they have money. The results scream otherwise. I have said it many times on here, and I will reiterate it one more time: The problem will NEVER be fixed as long as Jay Jacobs is the Athletic Director. If we fire Chizik and keep Jacobs, the good ol’ boy network will dictate another ‘family’ hire that they believe they can control, and in 2-3 years , we will all be back right here on TrackEmTigers, saying the same things, complaining about the same problems, after 2-3 years of people saying ‘let’s give him a chance!’
We have to CLEAN HOUSE. First, a hardcore, professional Athletic Director must be hired. He has to be someone that doesn’t answer to boosters, doesn’t listen to Pat Dye and the good ol’ boys, and is given total autonomy by Jay Gogue to do as he sees fit. After that, we hire a big name, hardcore, possibly NFL coach that can compete with Nick Saban both in name and ability, and he has to be told “it’s your program, do whatever you want.” That is the only way we will get a good coach, and that is the only way we will get back to winning again.
The answers are out there. The solution is simple. The question is whether or not Jay Gogue has the stones to do what needs to be done. The entire blogosphere sees it, as does most of the regular media. Auburn football, and the entire athletic department, is in shambles. The turds are up in Tuscaloser laughing with glee as they rack up wins and championships. Oh, how quickly they forgot the 90′s. It’ll happen to them again, too. It happens to all of us. All that remains at this point is for the university leadership to fix it. Tough choices have to be made. Do we have the cajones to make them?
I hope so.