My two cents, and that is all they are worth.
I am by no means a fair- weathered fan. So many of you will jump me and call me a traitor, a non-believer, etc. That is all fine with me. I got the same thing in 2010. I do HOPE that we did not pay for Cam, and so far nothing I have seen makes me think so. The fact our coaches are being investigated again makes this look even more questionable. I think it fair to say, no matter what it is worth, the entire nation thinks we are a slimy, dirty, and good ole’ boy program. I have to say I do agree.
Look at the history we have with coaches being fired. Dye- sanctions, racist phone calls recorded when paying players. He then becomes the AD, and is still overreaching in his role in the program. He goes on air with and says he would take 10 Chiziks over 1 Saban. What an idiot. Can AU greats not just move on. Can the program not just move on. The biggest disappointment to me in the last two days is the announcement of Sullivan, Jackson, etc. on a “search committee”. This is a big red flag for me. The good ole’ Auburn connection is still in place. Did Saban have ties to Bama? No. He was a Michigan State/LSU/NFL man. He is a winner. Hate him if you must, say the media kisses up to him. He is the absolute best in the game. He is a winner and so is the bama program. Period. We need new blood to go out and hire a guy that wins, ties to the program or not. Not Petrino, as he is an embarrassment to his old program, and to coaching as a whole.
I can take losing. That is part of the game. I have spent thousands of dollars going to AU games since I was a small child. I own an embarrassing amount of Auburn gear. I am OBSESSED with Auburn. I do, though, expect values in my football program. I expect coaches that respect the fact that their players are students, and that pay attention to their personal, not just athletic, potential. I do not respect hiring firms to ensure players are not acting up. Good players play, mess-ups should be kicked to the curb. I do not respect dirty programs. If you look at the history of coaching at Auburn, it is obvious that coaches are answering to more people than the fans and the Univ. President. This is a cancer that is making us a national embarrassment. Period. We are a joke, and the huge contract that was given to Chizik too quickly is just bad business. The fact that Jacobs was not fired mid-season and a new AD was not hired prior to the firing of Chizik is a joke.
My only hope for this program, and to me it is THAT GRIM, is that Auburn hires an outsider, that is a proven winner, and is man enough, letting the AD know this in his interviews, to stand up to the good ole’ boys network. Our next coach needs 100% control. He needs to have a clean tract record, and run a good program. Pat Dye needs to exit gracefully, including his radio job. We have had enough of his ridiculous comments. He is HURTING US!
I would throw tons of money, and complete control, at David Shaw from Stanford. That man is pure class and a winner. He has high academic standards and they are not an issue. His players are the most composed and his team exudes great fundamentals. He is also an outsider, and a breath of fresh air. We would be lucky to have him. He is currently paid 1.5 mil. so we could easily double that. If not him, Gus is the best option, though I doubt he will leave his program. Fisher just told an Orlando radio station he is going nowhere.
I have loved this university and followed the program since I can remember. I can stand losing, and I see that being something we will face. I will not accept more sanctions, more NCAA investigations, more shady firings with no transparency. I will not stand for hiring trash like Petrino. I hope none of these things are coming our way. I will keep the faith. I believe in Auburn, and love it, but I am trying hard to see the silver lining.