Fan = Fanatic? Well, that is what Gene Chizik says…
These are excerpts taken out of an article that is on sporting news: http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/story/2012-11-13/gene-chizik-job-future-auburn-jeopardy-fans-angry-support-emails
But I secretly thought when I heard the interview that his words are so condescending that they needed to be shared. Once again, evidence that Chizik wants to be fired…
“Auburn coach Gene Chizik said he understands the anger of fans over this season, but has also heard from some who are more supportive.
Chizik said Tuesday that he thinks both perspectives are fair given that the Tigers have fallen to 2-8 and have only one more chance to avoid a win-less Southeastern Conference season—a visit to No. 4 Alabama following Saturday’s game against FCS Alabama A&M.
“Fans are exactly what they are, they are fanatical,” Chizik said. “And I think that’s a good thing. I don’t think you can throw an umbrella over every fan, and not just at Auburn but anywhere and say, ‘This is the way they all are.’ I’ve got hundreds of emails from a lot of great fans who are very supportive and understand that when you go through struggles, you continue on the path and you don’t deviate off the path in terms of being who you are and pressing through those things.
“Then you have the other fans who are caught up in the winning and losing so much it’s hard for them to see it that way. You know what? Both of those are fair. It depends on who you are. It depends on how you see things from a general perspective.”
All that has put plenty of heat from fans on Chizik, who said criticism is part of the job.
“When you get into this business as a player or a coach, if that hurts your feelings and you can’t handle that, then you shouldn’t be a player or a coach because that’s what comes with the territory,” he said. “It’s very simple—it’s all about winning and losing. There are a lot of other things out there that really, really matter, but at the end of the day a lot of people see wins and losses.””
News Flash Gene: Never criticize the engine that fuels your football program.
Surely you saw the orange seats and shiny aluminum benches that were vacant. That is bad… That means the cash cow isn’t working at its optimal level. And its a direct reflection on you as the head of the program.
Enjoy your $7.5M buy out.