Calling All Auburn Fans: It’s Time To Get Behind Your New Coach

By Posted on: December 15th, 2009 in Football Comments Off

Part II of yesterday’s presser, in case you missed it…

 

Certainly, the editors here at TET have been just as devastated over the events of the last two weeks as any one, but we can’t fool some of you optimists out there. Amidst the rants and raves and the vicious attacks on each other, I remember one voice of reason making a statement along the lines of this: if you’re a true Auburn fan, you have to get behind Chizik. You have no choice… And I guess that I subscribe to that notion of devotion–the one that admits you’re powerless to do anything else because you’re so deeply, madly, passionate about your team. Yea, it’s either that or because the Bama bandwagon has already left the station…

But please don’t confuse any calls for all the Auburn faithful to start backing Chizik as being the same as to forget about the transgressions of the administration in this controversy. I still feel we are owed an explanation and accounting of what happened, and I think we should start to move in another direction with more than just the position of head football coach. Please keep this in mind though: both Jacobs and Gogue are AUBURN men and should thus be shown greater respect than if they were just hired guns brought in.  Although we fans have been been in need of some stress relief lately, I was really mortified that video of Jacobs’ heckler made it onto more than just Tiger sites. I couldn’t even bring myself to comment atthe link over at Fanblogs, where I assume the role of chief defender of the Auburn faith…

But even if we do continue to complain bitterly about the administration’s role in the coaching fiasco, eventually the criticism intersects directly onto the coach. It runs a fine line, and most wouldn’t be able to differentiate it anyway. We can’t risk it and we no longer have time for it. We need Mean Gene to hit what’s left of the recruiting season hard, so there’s no time to be spared with the continual questioning of his legitimacy. And that’s what we’d be doing. He’d be George W. Bush and Auburn fans would be the 2000 election Democrats if we don’t stop it, and we sure don’t need that sort of derisiveness.

Of course, any die-hard among us could stoop to what a few Gator fans did back in 2002 when Ron Zook was hired, and that was to create the Fire Ron Zook website, which was notorious in it’s day. It’s no longer up, but the remnants of it are linked here. It was the first sports blog I ever read, but overall, I thought it was pretty shameful that they never gave the guy a chance. Of course, those sanctimonious blogstards eventually had their glory, as Zook was canned after the Miss State loss in the 2004 season. I never did get their take on what it was like to be a cancer for their program for that fleeting glimpse of a moment, although I suppose we do have them to thank for the explosion of sports blogs in the last few years–half of which seem to be devoted to the Gators. Hmmm…

And speaking of Gators, that’s what our new coach used to be back in his playing days, but you’d never know it by reading any of the usual suspects–not much love out there for a former boy from old Florida. Maybe they’re just busy gearing up for that whole MNC thing they’ve got going on. Of course, I turned to some hopeful words of wisdom from Mr. College Football himself this morning but got no joy there either. Regardless, I’m glad we now have a coach who’s roots are in the SEC. He knows instinctively what it takes to make it in this league, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that this is his second pass through the Plains.

For those worried about his resume, I don’t think it’s any big thing. He was the hottest assistant in the game at the end of 2005, and he finally got his call up to the show after the 2006 season. I think the way we should treat Chizik’s time at Iowa State is as one big college football mulligan. The Cyclones aren’t the Vanderbilt of the Big 12, they’re the equivilent to what Duke would be if Duke was in the SEC for the last 75 years. You know how we SEC fans treat Vanderbilt coaches, right? Yea, Bobby Johnson should really be considered for SEC coach of the year after securing the Commodores their first bowl berth since Reconstruction.  See? You have to give Iowa State coaches similar if not more consideration.

So now I think it’s time that the Auburn nation turns a corner and starts to move on. It’s going to be a bumpy ride and we may not always agree, but like that that one commenter said, we have to. We don’t have a choice. Not as Auburn fans we don’t…

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