On rivals there is an article that talks to the situation facing Auburn. There have been several suggestions… but nothing definitive. This article focuses primarily at Dr. Gouge and the decisions facing him in the next few weeks. It’s the first of its kind that I have seen that talks to the pitfalls that await. Without stealing its thunder, I will simply state what should be obvious to everyone:
1) It identifies the iron clad relationship between Chizik and Jacobs. The two are tied at the hip. They are inseparable.
2) It lists out the parameters of the decisions facing Dr. Gouge and what is at stake:
a. “He can sit tight and wait for the season to end before making changes, which may aid in keeping this recruiting class assembled, avoids an in-season spectacle and gives him more time to assess his next step. Downside? A blowout loss to Georgia will have critics wondering why action already hasn’t been taken. “
b. “He can take action now, which must begin with Jacobs and likely ends with Chizik removed shortly thereafter. That gives Auburn’s influential people to work expeditiously in their search for successors without the hassles of covert negotiation. Downside? Chaos. “
c. “He can choose to stick with what he has. The downside there is weathering what likely would be a tidal wave of disdain. Auburn isn’t a 1-7 program. It will not remain in that state regardless of who’s in control – of the athletic department or the university itself.”
I guess the jury is still out on the path ahead…. only time will tell. As usual, nothing is ever as it seems. I had pretty much given up that the decision had been made to keep things in place for the next few seasons… now, I am not so sure.
It’s the not knowing that drives one crazy!!!
War Eagle anyway!!!