Auburn Undercover.com is reporting this hour that Auburn president Jay Gogue has notified members of the board of trustees that he’s making preparations to possibly replace football coach Gene Chizik, while planning to keep Jay Jacobs as athletic director.
While there’s nothing earth shattering in that statement, it’s the first confirmation from sources that Gogue is in fact looking to make a change should the season finish as expected.
Senior Editor Phillip Marshall writes, “In telephone calls with some members of the Board of Trustees last week and early this week, Gogue said he intends to form a committee to help with the decision and plans to move quickly, ideally naming a new head coach within days after the end of the season should the decision be made that Chizik will not be retained.”
The article goes on to say that Gogue plans to reassign associate athletic director Tim Jackson, who now oversees the football operation.
Marshall says that one potential coaching candidate mentioned by Gogue is Louisville offensive coordinator Shawn Watson. There’s no indication why Gogue may be favoring Watson this early in the process.
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