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Time Is of the Essence in Auburn Coaching Search

By on November 27th, 2012 in Football 115 Comments »

                                   Could Gus Malzahn be Auburn’s next head football coach?

There have been a lot of questions swirling around the Auburn Football program this fall, the biggest of which was answered Sunday afternoon when Athletic Director Jay Jacobs announced the dismissal of Coach Gene Chizik. With the announcement, the big question shifted from if and when Auburn would fire Chizik to who will be the next Head Football Coach at Auburn.

Usually this time of year, I’m watching the media outlets and scouring the internet to try to get a hint of where the Auburn Tigers might land in the post season and who their opponent will be. After I learn that information, I quickly move to purchase my tickets and make travel plans.

However, for the first time since 2008, the Auburn Tigers will be home for the holidays. Instead of looking forward to an enjoyable bowl trip, we are left to watch for breaking news of who the University will hire as it’s 26th Head Coach.

The AD said this weekend that he had been thinking about dismissing Chizik since the Arkansas game; surely he’s had time to at least develop a preliminary wish list of potential candidates.

While we don’t know who may be on that list, the names most in the rumor mill have been Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, Arkansas State’s Gus Malzahn, Louisville’s Charlie Strong, Alabama Defensive Coordinator Kirby Smart, Clemson Offensive Coordinator Chad Morris, St. Louis Rams’ Jeff Fisher, and an unemployed Bobby Petrino.

Media outlets are reporting that Jimbo Fisher and Gus Malzahn are near the top of Auburn’s wish list. Yet any of those  names listed would make good candidates with the exception of Bobby Petrino. A widely  acknowledged offensive guru, he nevertheless would bring too much baggage.

If the school were to take a chance on a proven coach with baggage, I think Auburn could do a lot better than Bobby Petrino. For starters there is former North Carolina Coach Butch Davis who won two super bowl rings as a DC for the Dallas Cowboys and has a 79-27 record in 10 years at Miami and UNC.

It’s too bad former Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel is under an NCAA “show cause sanction” till 2016. He would be my first choice. After all, he would come as a proven championship contender, having taken his team to three BCS games, won six Big 10 titles as well as the 2002 National Championship.

Since he is not in the picture, my choice would be Boise State’s Chris Peterson. Everyone has a favorite and Petersen would be near the top of my list. Only in his eighth year as a head coach he has a record of 82-8 for a .911 winning percentage. In addition Petersen has won two BCS bowls and garnered three National Coach of the Year awards.

Of course, the way most coaching searches go, the coach that is eventually hired may not be on the published rumor list. With several schools looking for new head coaches and with a top 10 Auburn commitment class hanging in the balance it is critical that the search committee not only make the right move but also make it expeditiously.

It took 12 days for Auburn to announce the replacement for Tommy Tuberville back in 2008. Now it has been two days since the firing of Gene Chizik, Can Auburn fans expect the hiring of a new head football coach in the next 10 days?

Or will the search committee have to wait till after potential candidates are through with the bowl season to make an announcement? I hope not because …  “Time is of the essence.”

Who would be your choice for Auburn's next Head Football Coach?

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  1. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    Aubtigerman, I am hearing something that sounds pretty reasonable. I am hearing who the next coach will be… drumroll please:

    The number 1 candidate and the next probable AU head coach is… Kirby Smart. For those that say AU will take a PR hit by hiring Smart… let me just remind you that 49-0 is a pretty big hit in and of itself. Anyway, the reasoning behind the push is that he is a Saban disciple and that he is a defensive oriented coach. The word I hear is that his agent has “close” ties to AU… even though Smart is close to UGA. Problem is though its going to be telling in the next ten days to see if Kirby will commit to AU. Obviously Richt isn’t leaving UGA anytime soon. I guess we all will wait and see…

    The number 2 candidate should Smart pass up on AU… Bobby Petrino. Yes. You hear right. I still have a hard time believing this one. But that is the word… I am told he will have to straighten and clean up a bit for AU… and will be taught how to speak to the press. There would be a short leash on Bobby P if he came here. And that is a helluva way to start your next assignment.

    The number 3 Candidate is someone most of us know… Gus Malzahn. Again, I was shocked too.I personally think his offensive philosphy is one that directly contributes to the down fall of his defense. Like Chizik, I dont think he has the experience to be a starting coach in the SEC.


  2. TexasAUTiger TexasAUTiger says:

    My choice has been for a while and still is… Gary Patterson. I think we have enough money to hire him away from TCU and considering what the guy has done with TCU talent over the years, I think he would be a solid proven choice.

  3. BedouinTiger BedouinTiger says:

    Long time reader, first time poster.
    I question why is no one mentioning Gruden for AU? I know he has ties to UT, but what ties does he have to Arkansas? If Arkansas is in contention then I would believe AU could be as well. Of course, Gruden could just be using Arkansas to drive up the price for UT…

    My thoughts on the above mentioned coaches-
    Malzahn: Not enough HC time, no HC time in a major conference
    Petrino: Because of his character flaws he wouldn’t be given the amount of control needed to successfully run the program
    Smart: No HC time
    Fisher: I don’t think he would leave FSU to go to Auburn and no one has given me a argument to counter that thought
    Strong: He has proven himself at the HC level and in the SEC, and he has plenty of ties to the recruiting grounds. My reservations toward him are that he is associated with Urban Meyer at UF. The culture Meyer fostered in that program (paradoxical behavior towards the uber-talented vs. the rest of the team) is not what AU needs right now. That being said, I have not seen or read anything mentioning similar things at Louisville that Meyer had at UF.
    Morris: No HC time
    Patterson: He wouldn’t be my first choice because of the off field issues TCU has had. If it was just the drug bust in Feb, then I wouldn’t be concerned, but their starting QB was arrested in October for DUI.

    Auburn needs an established HC. I don’t just mean a Petrino or a Fisher, but someone who wants to out-coach and out recruit Saban. If I was on the coaching search team I would straight up ask everyone who I interviewed, “How do you feel about walking into a high school recruit’s house as Saban is walking out of it?” I want Auburn to find someone who wants to (and has proven they can) knock Saban off the top.

    I think everyone on this site would agree that Auburn-Alabama is one of the elite rivalries in all of sports. Those rivalries are not competitive when you have an established coach at the top of his profession for one team and guy who is getting his first shot as head coach for another team. Look at the 49ers and Cowboys in the ’90s, Knicks and Bulls in the ’90s, Red Sox and Yankees last decade… An elite coach and recruiter is needed to compete with the current elite coach and recruiter that is on the other side of the state.

    A smaller requirement to this is that Auburn needs to switch to a 3-4 to get the best LB recruits.

    That being said, put me in the big name category or Gruden or Jeff Fisher (but he runs a 4-3).

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Welcome Bedouin to the comment board,

      You make some good points. I like Patterson a lot and your right, Gruden would be an excellent candidate. I hope he is on the search committee’s list. The reason this poll didn’t include those two was I went with just the names that have been receiving the most ink in the rumor mill.
      Glad you added them to the discussion.
      War Eagle

    • AUSpirit says:

      You just described Tony Dungy.

      • BedouinTiger BedouinTiger says:

        As unrealistic as it may be to get him or Gruden, that is who I’d want. Someone who can walk into a highly ranked recruit with NFL potential and show a Super Bowl ring, show that recruit that “yes, I know what you need to develop to become an NFL player. I have coached in the NFL just like the other guy (Saban) who is courting you. The difference is, I was successful in the NFL. The other guy was not successful at that level. Come to the Plains and I will develop you into a prospect that professional teams will want.”

        Realistically, I think that if Gruden joins the college ranks it will be in Knoxville. Also, I don’t see Dungy leaving the broadcasting job. Jeff Fisher is being paid big bucks to coach in the highest level of his profession and there is not a reason (other than more money) that would cause him to step down to the college ranks to coach.

        AU would be better to go the Gary Patterson or Chris Peterson (or someone similar) route than just a guy with NFL and college experience. Someone like Mike Sherman or Dave Wannstedt cannot right the program.

  4. DBAU81 says:

    Petrino would be a divisive choice at a time when we desperately need someone who can unify and energize the fan base. We need to temper our expectations, though. Nobody on the various lists that are being circulated would excite the fans in the way Saban did when Alabama hired him in 2007. I do hope, however, that we’ll get someone with a proven track record as a head coach and experience in the SEC. Jimbo Fisher and Charlie Strong would be near the top of my list. I love Gus Malzahn but we may be better off with someone with no connection to the Chizik era. If we end up taking a chance on an assistant coach, Kirby Smart would be the best choice.

  5. restless6 says:

    It’s Patterson. My gut says that he has already been contacted. IIRC, didn’t he get an interview in 2008?

    He’s defensive minded, recruits well, has a kick ass temperament, and experience.

    Auburn has to pick someone with a successful track record as a big time HC this time.

    I think Gary will accept the job and TCU can’t match the Auburn offer.

  6. Jonathon Jonathon says:

    Why is everyone on the Gus Wagon?

    His resume doesn’t fit the mold of what Jacobs put forth. He has one (almost complete) year of head coaching experience at the collegiate level and no head coaching experience at any numerous ‘big time’ programs.

    I could argue that this applies to just about any other coordinator that is on the list of candidates. Gene Chizik himself was a decorated coordinator… just sayin’.

    Based on Jacobs mold of ‘good standing’ that would lead me to believe that Petrino is a no-go.

    I’d have to keep my hopes high on a proven head coach, a winning head coach, a person that has a proven recruiting record and one that keeps himself, his staff, and his athletes in line.

    Guys winning at programs like TCU and Boise St. could move laterally to the SEC and compete for National Championships instead of playing BCS buster every year. At some point, as a coach, you want to win it all. The best shot of that happening right now is in the SEC. Sure, they may have cushion jobs where they are at but they are competitive and that’s the nature of sports. To be the best you have to compete with the best.

    Speculation will play out ’till the moment of welcoming in our new coach.

  7. Derrick Roberts Derrick Roberts says:

    The only reservation I’d have with Chris Petersen is his lack of experience in and against the SEC, but that’s admittedly an unfair perspective to take on the issue. Not every single coaching candidate can have an illustrious SEC background in coaching. It’s just plain conference bias. All that said, I would be thrilled if Petersen were brought in. Anxious and nervous, but thrilled with the potential he’d bring.

    One characteristic I’d like for the next head football coach to restore to this program is an edge. Auburn is currently THE premier powder-puff of the SEC. That is so out of the realm of acceptability that it’s nauseating. We have got to get our toughness back, in every aspect of the game, immediately. No more being pushed around. We’ve suffered that for far too long.

    Great read Aub! War Eagle!

  8. KoolBell KoolBell says:

    While I voted on your list for Jeff Fisher, that is a pipe dream at best. I see no reason to expect him to quit a 7 mil a year job. Not happening.

    I like Jimbo Fisher, Gary Patterson, and Chris Peterson. They could compete with anyone in the country on the field. Jimbo has proven he can recruit with anyone in the country.

    Kirby Smart is an interesting choice. Most all of Saban’s disciples have been extremely successful, and the last time we hired a former coach from UA it worked out rather well for us. his has possibilities.

    Nice write up ATM,


  9. BigDaddyAU says:

    My understanding is that Petrino can not be a candidate because his actions could be prosecuted as a felony and that Auburn University can not hire someone with a felony on his/her record. He hasn’t been convicted or even charged, but prudence says you don’t hire anyone that even could even be sniffed for felony obstruction tampering or perjury.

  10. mikeautiger says:

    Shoot for the stars, who would not want to coach for his son, blood is thicker than money, he might come. I like Petterson, Kirby Smart would be a ver Smart choice with his background, and a new coach on my radar is the guy out at San Diego St, he has SEC background, a coaches son, and has built a winner at SD St.

    Even my wife said Patrino would not make he happy and she is fairly new to college football. Even someone who is not versed ini college football can see that train wreck coming.

    War Eagle

  11. Randyc37 Randyc37 says:

    I voted for Kirby Smart. He is ready to be a head coach and I feel that he would do well with recruits since he is at Bama.

    I heard Barkley promote Petrino yesterday. I still have issues with him because he walked away from the Falcons along with the other issues that we all know.

    This coaching choice is critical because it does appear that Auburn will need to rebuild their football program.

    We may all be surprised at the selection.

    Time for me to head back to Atlanta today to deal with my UGA friends.

  12. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Good read ATM,

    I voted for “Other” because Patterson would be my guy.

  13. MyAuburn myauburn says:

    Peterson is also my choice but I heard some things yesterday that might let him out of the picture. Rumor but I heard his wife has a rare illness and the leading specialist is in the Boise area. Also heard that he is a Scientologist, that might not play too good in the Bible belt. Don’t know if either is true but what if?

  14. mikeautiger says:

    Charlie strong would be a strong choice, he has it all, experience, SEC, built a winner, good with people, knows both sides of the ball and knows how to stay out of the way, good recruiter.

  15. restless6 says:

    Just saw a report allegedly from Auburn Undercover that Petrino is closing fast.

    • BigDaddyAU says:

      Heaven help us…why WHY would Auburn want to divide the fan base even further…it’s beyond me. I will always be a Tiger but I will NOT support the persons in charge if they hire Bobby Petrino. I believe in forgiveness but I can not imagine putting someone that has broken the law, lied to his employer, LIED TO HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN, and shown contempt in charge of young men that need to be shown dignity, class, ethics, and morals.

  16. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    1. David Shaw
    2. Rich Rodriguez

    Those are my two choices….but, ToTM, they aren’t even on the radar….well, sports fans, they should be.

    • BedouinTiger BedouinTiger says:

      I like Shaw, but he and his family have too many ties to Stanford for him to leave.
      Rich Rodriguez was successful as a Big East coach, but not in the Big 10 and 7-5 at the other UAT does not impress me (I know, it was his first season). His offense can be easily handled with disciplined, athletic LB play and this year’s Alabama and UGA teams would have had a field day against a 3-3-5 defense.

  17. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    Bedouin Tiger has a point and I want to highlight it:

    A fettered Petrino would not be a successful Petrino. I can’t imagine him coming to Auburn and not having an extremely short leash. This would not be advantageous for either party involved.

    Auburn can’t afford to not put major restrictions on him. And Petrino can’t operate within those confines (no matter what he is saying now). It should be a nonstarter.

  18. WDEGirl says:

    Petrino is a liability. He shouldn’t be on anybody’s list. Cheating on his wife made him look bad and reflected badly on the University, but ultimately, that is between him and his wife. Hiring his mistress in the Athletic Department, while having an affair with her, opened up the University of Arkansas to law suits. Every other candidate for that job, who was more qualified than the mistress, can sue UA.

    • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

      And the mistress can also sue, and claim that she was taken advantage of by a superior…..its a HUGE liability. I don’t know how Auburn can justify it and I don’t know how they would protect themselves.

      Like I said back when WEA first brought this up: I have no idea why people get pet snakes and then are surprised when they sneak out of their cage and eat the family cat……

  19. SandMountainTiger SandMountainTiger says:

    James Franklin is 8-4 at Vanderbilt….8-4 AT VANDERBILT. Just sayin’.

    • BigDaddyAU says:

      Not a bad 2nd or 3rd choice maybe. Certainly worth an interview.

      Auburn needs a disciplinarian minded coach. Love to hate him but watching Saban get on his players even when they were up huge against us Saturday is what Auburn needs. We need a coach that is ALWAYS looking for teaching moments even when most coaches are in cruise mode. We need old school tough love the likes of Saban, Shug Jordan, Bryant, Dye..etc That philosophy still works today and it can work at Auburn.

  20. BigDaddyAU says:

    While I’m posting my Dad threw out a name that NO ONE has mentioned…

    Tony Dungy

    If you are going to look at Pro coaches why not someone like Dungy?


    • SandMountainTiger SandMountainTiger says:

      If we’re gonna talk about NFL stretches…. If I’m on this committee, I shoot for the moon. Offer $6 million a year to Bill Cowher. It’s like that pretty girl in high school you never asked out. All he can say is “no thanks.” that much money is definitely a boost to the ole retirement fund.

      • BigDaddyAU says:

        Cowher would certainly fit the mode of someone that is tuff and hard nosed. Disciplined…but can he transition well to college. Gruden, Dungy, Fisher, Cowher…do they end up like Pete Carrol and be successful or end up like Dave Wanstadt (I’m sure I butchered his name) at Pitt..ok..but not great.

    • Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

      I think talks about Gruden and Dungy are empty. I’ve heard they are perfectly happy behind the desk. Although they are great leaders, they are probably past their years of effectiveness with 19 year old kids and have no interest in the recruiting process. Once you’re paid for your opinion, you’ve reached the promised land and no reason to go to war anymore… Just my thought.

      Hey, looking at this a little differently…Who wants an Offensive HC and who wants a Defensive HC???

      • MyAuburn myauburn says:

        Easy answer for me, an offensive head coach that calls his own plays ie. malzahn

        • Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

          I agree on the Offensive HC. We’ve seen that once you have a genius for an OC, they get hired away and the Defensive HC is left to try the hottest new off-the-shelf offensive scheme and eventually switches things up altogether leaving your recruits scratching their heads for a couple of years. When an offensive HC loses the OC, he will replace it with the same system without missing a beat.

          I also think Defensive HCs took more blows to the head during their playing days…

      • BigDaddyAU says:

        Honestly I like defensive minded coaches that keep their fingers OUT of the OC cookie jar.

  21. KungFuPanda9 KungFuPanda9 says:

    At this point, anyone with a winning record would be an upgrade, with the exception of Petrino.

    I love Gus. But he has only been at Arky St for one year and might be committed to building them up before he leaves for another job.But I would gladly have him as our HC now if he were willing.

    I don’t look at Chizik’s record with and without Cam. But I do look at Chizik’s record with and without Gus Malzahn. With Malzahn Chizik has a winning record of 8-5, 14-0, 8-5. Without Malzahn, Chizik’s record was 5-19 at Iowa St, and 3-9 at Auburn. Chizik performed above his norm with Gus. Without Gus, Chizik resorts back to his norm. Constants and variables.

    Malzahn has had a winning record as an OC at the college level, and he is taking his team to a winning record as HC at Ark St.

    Green light.

  22. MobTownAub says:

    You’d have Butch Davis, a man with known NCAA issues, come in to an institution that is widely considered (falsely) by many to be the scum of the college universe? Yeah, that would be a bigger PR mess than hiring Petrino. At least he has never been the subject of NCAA investigation.

    I wish Bill O’Brian was getting more looks. Good recruiter. Excellent offensive mind without the baggage of Petrino.

    Gus would be a disaster. I can’t understand why he’s even on the list. The players would see this as a continuation of the old guard. Gus was not a disciplinary while he was here. He’s part of the reason we’re in this mess. Absolutely no way Gus should be hired.

    • Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

      Bobby Petrino better than Butch Davis?
      No offense intended but you can’t be serious. Butch Davis was never linked to any NCAA violations. If he worked anywhere else besides maybe Duke, he would have not been let go. The UNC prez let him go to make a statement that academics were more important than football at UNC. The prez said he didn’t believe Davis knew of the violations that the NCAA had on the school therefore he was released without cause and had to be paid severance pay. See:
      But Petrino? All he did was stab the guy (Tommy Tuberville) in the back that gave him his first break in the SEC. Misappropriate Univ. of Ark. Funds. Lied to the Louisville prez, Lied to his Atl. Falcons boss, Lied to his Falcon players, Lied to his AD at Arky, Lied to his wife, Lied to his kids, Lied to his mistress, Lied to the Ark. State Police, and will lie to Auburn officials the first time it suits him. Because that’s what he does, he lies. But you say he would be a better hire than Davis? I say Butch Davis is a hell of a lot better hire/person than Bobby Petrino. Hell my dog is a lot better person than Bobby Petrino.

  23. DothanTiger DothanTiger says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading all the different viewpoints but how about Bo Pelini of Nebraska? He is a proven winner with SEC experience.

    • James James says:

      I have no qualms with Pelini, but being a proven winner in the BIG and being a proven winner in the SEC are two different extremities. I’m not saying he wouldn’t be successful, I just think there is better coaching talent out there.

  24. restless6 says:

    Charles Goldberg is now reporting that Gary Patterson (told y’all) and Chris Peterson are on the list.

    Pony up the bucks and go after these 2 guys ASAP!

    • BigDaddyAU says:

      Too bad Peterson is most likely the next guy at Arkansas. Patterson would work just fine however.

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      Just my opinion but if we are going to gamble, I say gamble with Kirby Smart. If we go the proven coach route, go with Fisher (Jimbo Type) or Gary Patterson.

  25. LSU Jonno says:


    Why is time of the essence? Are we really worried about a bunch of highschool senior’s opinion of Auburn’s coaching search?

    To me it seems getting the right fit is of the essence no matter how much time it takes. We’ve already seen what a 12 day coaching search by Auburn leadership turns up. I’d like to see these guys get the right coach rather than trying to salvage a recruiting class.

    Auburn didn’t get into this mess in one season, and won’t get out of it in one season. That means hurrying a hire in hopes of salvaging a recruiting class is bad strategy. Forfeit the battle to win the war.

    • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

      I would think the strategy would be not to lose the coaching battle to Arky, Tenn or UK…..

    • Jay Coulter Jay Coulter says:

      I agree Jonno. There’s no question that recruiting is a big part of it. Coaches can begin going out on the road again this weekend. I’m sure Auburn would like to have the new staff out as quickly as possible. Although, I’m in complete agreement, that getting the right coach is more important than talent at this point.

    • James James says:

      It’s not ONLY about the recruiting class. Though solidifying a recruiting class is very important, getting “your man” as soon as possible is above all. The faster, more successful we get “our man” the more he can positively affect our program. The longer we wait, the smaller the sample size of coaches available get. We have the talent. We need the leadership. You also have to put on in the realization that we could possible be changing our defensive and offensive style 100%. Trooper Taylor is the only guy left, and I doubt he sticks around when the new HC is anointed. I agree with you in assuring the right coach for the job, but everyday is a fight against time. WDE!! Whoever it is…. LET WIN!!

  26. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    Looks like Mark Stoops to Kentucky……latest from WJOX…

  27. BigDaddyAU says:

    Auburn people are tired of losing, yes. I don’t believe we are willing to sell our souls and ignore our principals to win at any cost, ie Bobby Petrino, however.

    Maintain integrity. Say NO to Petrino!

    • War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

      I concur. Any ideas on how to make our voices heard? I’m pretty sure JJ and Gouge are deaf to all outside voices.

      • BigDaddyAU says:

        I sent an email to the Athletics Department for what it was worth…

      • War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

        Sounds good. Will do the same.

      • War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

        FYI, the athletics dept. email address:

      • BigDaddyAU says:

        Only other way to be heard is with your wallet. I for one will not renew my season tickets if Petrino is hired and I know for a fact the people around me are of the same mind. We’ve had our tickets as a group for going on 20 years now and to the man we have discussed non-renewal should they make the Petrino hire.

        • AETiger AETiger says:

          I’ve said the same thing. Just wondering if I would really not send in my TUF “contribution” nor renew my season tickets. I’ve had them for 28 years. There are other issues, the dadgum price keeps going higher; kickoff times keep getting worse; free tailgating spots get less & less; plus I find myself giving them away more & more…..

          • BigDaddyAU says:

            I agree with all those points. Less on the tailgating since we stay with family and usually on cruise over to campus a good bit closer to game time. It would pain me terribly to not send in that order form but I honestly will not stand and support an administration that would lower it’s ethical and moral standards. I believe int he Auburn Creed, I’ve taught it to my children and expect those that truly love AUBURN feel the same way. I will not sell my morals for a “win” in any venture, be it business or leisure activity. I sincerely hope my University won’t do that as well.

        • bb233 says:

          Phillip Marshall is no more a reliable source than the weatherman predicting one month out. No one in the athletic administration can stand Petrino. Name one thing that Marshall has ever been right on that wasn’t obvious to the entire world. The guy is simply trying to drive traffic to his website. 2 months ago he was saying how good this team was and was making excuses for why they hadn’t won, now he has sources that say the program has been in dissaray for more than a year. Petrino is the antithesis of what Auburn stands for, and I am not talking about winning and losing – the guy has no morals, no ethics. Can you imagine trying to do character references on him?

          • MobTownAub says:

            That’s not true. Phillip has been saying for months that this team had serious issues. Since the MSU game in fact, He just said he wouldn’t post the details until after the season out of respect for all involved. So I strongly disagree that PM is just trying to drive traffic. His hot board is very close to the others around the web. Not sure how you are coming to your conclusions.

          • bb233 says:

            I am sorry, 3 months ago PM was advocating how good this team was. Then after the State loss PM stated things were rotten in Denmark but couldn’t say how, sounds like Sheridan and the bagman. As far as his attempts to drive traffic just look at the recruiting stories on Brent Calloway. Pay sites will always try to tell you something no one else is saying otherwise why would you pay for it. He is not a reliable source. Were there problems in the program – of course, 4 guys were arrested for armed robbery, Dyer’s testimony was nauseating. That’s not breaking news. My bigger point is that Petrino is not a realistic candidate. You may not agree with the reasons but that is Auburn.

          • MobTownAub says:

            I can appreciate your skepticism.

          • Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

            Go back to your Bama site – Trol.

          • bb233 says:

            No troll here. Auburn alum, married to an Auburn alum, live in Auburn. As I said earlier, Petrino is the antithesis of what Auburn stands for. To the extent the fan base is fractured today, his hiring would create a chasm. PM doesn’t know what he is talking about. When did PM break the Chizik hiring?

  28. MobTownAub says:

    Sounds a little hypocritical to me to preach the creed, but cast away a guy because he made mistakes. How many of you would still have a job if all of your indiscretions were out in the open?

    College football is about one thing. Winning. You know what builds character and builds a team? Working every day to be winner. If you do that, you’ll start winning. We don’t need a group of choir boys and youth ministers. This isn’t rec league. It’s big time college football in the best conference in the country.

    But the leader in the poll is of the key reasons our team lacks discipline. A guy who was willing to cover up for a star player’s indiscretions, more than once mind you.

    I don’t understand the high and mighty attitude of our fan base. At the end of the day, winning is fun for the players, the coaches and the fans. That’s what you are paying to see right? As long as the guy graduates players, wins and stays out of NCAA trouble, I could care less who he takes on hog rides

    • restless6 says:

      This is a great post, and I agree. Gus is part of the failed Chizik era.

      Welcome back to Auburn, Coach Petrino. We will support you. We will win.

  29. Jay Coulter Jay Coulter says:

    Take this with a grain of salt… a very tiny grain… Sports By Brooks just tweeted: “SbB has learned Arkansas is engaged w/ reps of the interests of Les Miles & a $5-yr $27.5M offer is on the table.”

    • MobTownAub says:

      I have a contact within LSU. The big timers there have never been sold on Les. I guess it wouldn’t surprise me to see him jump ship.

  30. TigerintheHass TigerintheHass says:

    I understand the feelings on Petrino, but frankly we need a good coach and I like that he runs a clean program without recruiting monkey business. I am so tired of the NCAA investigations. Personal indiscretions aside, I think he is looking for redemption, and so are we. I don’t think the football coach has to be the moral compass for the university. That said, I’m glad I don’t have to make this call.

    • MobTownAub says:

      I agree. Personal indiscretions reflect poorly on the person.

      NCAA investigations reflect poorly on the INSTITUTION.

      The guy runs a clean program. And wins. That is what matters.

    • BigDaddyAU says:

      Has he ever been anywhere long enough to really know HOW clean his programs are?? Seems he skipped town so often you never “actually” know….mmmm

  31. Jonathon Jonathon says:

    Looks like Kentucky just got them a Stoops brother.

  32. WarEagleAtlanta WarEagleAtlanta says:

    Why would we think that some of these coaches would WANT to come to Auburn and our dysfunction? Too many meddlers and a history of running off coaches.

    We need a winner and someone who is also dysfunctional enough to tolerate ours. Bobby Petrino, step right up!

  33. MyAuburn myauburn says:

    Does anyone agree that the fact that Jimbo lost his DC to Ky might make him want to split for AU even more?

  34. restless6 says:

    I’m hopeful for Patterson, but won’t be let down when Bobby Petrino is named soon.

  35. restless6 says: reports that the UAB coach may be leaving to join Petrino’s staff at Auburn.

    Bo Mattingly said that Petrino’s presentation to the interview committee will include a staff ready to go.

    Sure sounds like Bobby is the front runner.

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      My question, and I hope the committe demands an answer to the same, is:

      “Bobby just how long will you remain loyal to Auburn if Auburn takes a chance on you?”

      I have no doubt in my mind that he will win, and win big, especially at a place like Auburn. Will he stick around for a while is my main concern.

      • MobTownAub says:

        That’s an easy fix. Wait till his contract comes out. It’ll be incentive laden and will make it to where the only way he leaves Auburn is by death or firing. I wouldn’t worry about Bobby leaving.

        • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

          Bobby’s not my first choice (Chris Peterson is) but he will win and win sooner than later. And maybe, just maybe, Auburn and Petrino need each other.

  36. hinkle.pilot hinkle.pilot says:

    Chris Petersen all they way…… Or can the university petition NCAA to remove the “show cause sanction” on JT? Anderson Book store has orange/blue sweater vest in stock. He certainly is a proven winner with that little violation problem.

  37. restless6 says:

    Bobby needs Auburn and Auburn needs him.

    As others have pointed out, his programs are clean.

    I’m hopeful that by giving Bobby a second chance that a bond of loyalty will be forged. Winning will strengthen it.

    If he’s hired, he’s our guy. Circle the wagons and the hell with Bama.

  38. BhamTiger99 BhamTiger99 says:

    Seriously you guys? (She says in her best Eric Cartman voice.)

    All this Petrino talk is freaking me out. My choices are James Franklin, Bo Pelini and Jimbo Fisher — in that order. We need someone to unite the fan base, who will command the respect of the players and who won’t take any crap off anyone (administration, trustees, fans, players … anyone).

    BTW — the new site is awesome. I posted sparingly as ABQTiger back in the old days. I’ve been keeping up with you guys — just haven’t registered until now.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Good to hear from you again (ABQ) BirminghamTiger.

      And I agree with you, “We need someone to unite the fan base, who will command the respect of the players and who won’t take any crap off anyone.”

  39. restless6 says:

    The fan base will unite behind Bobby. Winning will win back those who don’t.

    Loot at the bright side, we are still Auburn, which is miles better than that dump in West Alabama.

    Our fan base is much better and generally more educated and a kinder bunch than the worst fans in all of sports, the turds from teabagtown.

  40. RichAUfan says:

    Just registered this new name, I used to post in 07-08 under the name itsmillertime90. I really appreciate everything you guys have done with the site over the past 5 years. I’ve continued to read I just haven’t posted. I’m really afraid of this coaching change. I know Auburn will lose some recruits no matter who they choose but we need to be careful. A lot of recruits are waiting on this new coach to come in so they can make their decision to stay committed or decommit. We have a very strong defensive class going but we have some talented offensive players as well. We need a defensive minded coach that will be able to hire an offensive coordinator to keep guys like Jeremy Johnson interested in AU. Never really watched TCU but does Patterson have his hand in his offense or does he let the coordinator run things? What style offense does TCU run?

    • TigerintheHass TigerintheHass says:

      Petrino would energize these guys. He’s a proven winner. Let’s be honest. The recruits will want to go somewhere they will win, get exposure on TV, and play in front of a full stadium every week, for all 4 quarters. That’s how Bama reels them in.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Welcome Rich,

      Thanks for the compliment and thanks for being a long time reader. TET is truly a labor of love for all of us.

      I’m not familiar enough with TCU to know how much the HC is involved in the offense. But from what I’ve seen they have good wide receivers but like to run the ball a lot. TCU is a private school and if Patterson could be successful there, he should really be able to do a good job at a place like Auburn.

  41. CTAuburnfan says:

    I’m on the Bill O’Brien bus but I know that is a long shot. Just look at what he did with a PSU program that really had nothing to play for. Granted there is some excellent senior leadership there, but that only goes so far. My only concern is his ability to recruit.

  42. restless6 says:

    Arkansas offers Les Miles 5 year 27 million dollars?!


    • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

      All I heard was that Petersen is still available….but yeah, sh^*s gettin’ real, yo. It’s silly, because the Hat won’t take it. Why would he? Recruiting is much easier at LSU than it would be at Arky…amongst a multitude of other things.

  43. firepmedic51 says:

    I want to win as much as anyone; however, more important to me than just simply winning is the return of character, tradition, and the hard noised Auburn way, win or lose. It is far better to lose with character/determination than to win at whatever moral cost. That said, I vote “No” to Petrino. Many of the potential candidates would be positive, but I believe Charlie Strong is the best fit for us now. He is proven in many of the area’s required to be a head coach. Finally, Coach Strong would potentially save a large portion of the current recruiting class. I must end with my disclaimer regarding recruiting though; I would prefer young men with no ranking whom have character, determination, and a hunger to work hard and win over 4 and 5 Star recruits who do not have those same characteristics and wish to exhibit the behaviors we have seen the last couple of years.

  44. James James says:


    Finally a fellow Plainsman that agrees! I am extremely confident in the Kirby Smart hire. Multiple reasons elude to why he is, by far, the most important and smartest choice for Auburn…

    1. Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer.
    2. K.Smart is already neck deep in the SEC recruiting.
    3. He is going to be in the SEC still, which we all know is the best in ALL of CFB.
    4. Great publicity for both programs. Let the rivalry take another step towards greatness!
    5. Smart has been the DC of many #1 Defenses in multiple different categories for the past few years. I understand the levity of Chizik being a great defensive coordinator as well, but Smart’s credentials don’t lie. Those of you who feel Auburn’s offensive production was the reason for the unforgettable year I think you are WAY off. If there was a stat for missed tackles.. Auburn would have broken records times two.
    6. Auburn currently holds a top 10-15 recruiting class; FRONT-LOADED with many 3-4-5 Star/Blue-chip National recruits. When programs go through major overhaul, a lot of the recruits leave. With K.Smart I feel we would have a great opportunity to keep a lot of the incoming talent, being that he has recruited most of the them pretty hard as well.
    7. Finally we all know as Auburn fans, if we lose every game all year and smash Bama it can be labeled as somewhat successful. With the hire of K.Smart, Saban would be sweating bullets knowing that Smart knows his whole offense… Front to back.

    I think K.Smart is a hard-nosed, proven coach. Most coaches we see on the big stage nowadays were O/D Coordinators at one point in their career. That’s just the environment of coaching.

    CFB to me about two things. Pride in your school and Hatred of your Rival. Auburn needs something to rub in the face of BamaNation. What a better way to snag their DC up, knight him HC, some of their recruits, and get some revenge from that pitiful showing last week.

    For those of you banking on Petrino.. Please for the love of god… DO NOT wish this to be our coach. Auburn is already in the spotlight with sanction violations. Petrino is a ticking timebomb. We need stability not someone where recruits feels like he could get fired at any moment due to some off-the-field cr@p.

    Malzhan would be a good get, but we have to understand that the Spread is only EXTREMELY successful in the SEC with ELITE talent (ie: Cam Newton, Johnny Manziel, etc.) I’d be happy with Gus, but we need the toughness back. Consistent-Clock management on offensive and Heavy Juggernaut Defense against the run. SEC teams have always been more successful when you force the pass.

    That’s all I got! Sorry so long! 🙂


    • TigerintheHass TigerintheHass says:

      I would LOVE a Kirby Smart hire. Smart hire indeed. He could probably flip some bama recruits as well….

  45. War Eagle 2000 says:

    A Petrino hire would be a mistake – it would be a quick fix, he will right the ship and win ballgames, but there are other options out there. If he is hired, I will support him and continue to support the team – just like this past Presidential election, but Petrino’s antics that got him run out of Arkansas would have gotten him fired as CEO of just about any Fortune 500 company. Not the moral issue of having an affair, but the ethical issues of hiring your mistress out of a large pool of applicants, and having her on the company pay roll – I know very little about her qualifications or job description, but I think if we are in need of uniting our fan base, don’t start by pile driving a wedge right into the middle….just sayin’….

  46. restless6 says:

    Petrino haters. Show me the NCAA sanctions or violations that Petrino has had.

  47. TigerintheHass TigerintheHass says:

    Kirby Smart would be a fantastic choice but he’d have to have some cojones to leave ‘bama for Auburn with that fan base – ESP if it were to be announced any time soon. He would not have a single tree left in his yard when it was all over….

  48. Tiger95 says:

    First post on the new site and have to say I really like it. Will not be surprised, if Petrino is hired, but there is a dark horse I have not heard mentioned, Al Golden at Miami. Reading his Bio makes me think of what it means to be an Auburn Man.

    From what I hear he is tough, disciplined, old school, involved in the community and builds character in his players, just what we need. He is rebuilding a program under NCAA probation and should have no problems leaving as long as he can be assured there are no major violations. Being that Trooper and Luper are back on the recruiting trail, this should not be a problem. I believe he also calls his own plays and even wears a tie on the sideline!. Do not be surprised, if he comes out of the blue.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Thanks for posting Tiger95,

      You bring up an interesting name. At this point Golden certainly would look like a dark horse. Wish you had the committees ear so you could pass it along.

  49. sparkey sparkey says:

    Smart would be a phenomenal hire, Strong would be great as well. Jimbo Fisher would be a fantastic hire as would Jim Mora Jr. or James Franklin. Kenny Summlin would be good and great if he brought Kingsbury with him. Personally, I can’t understand why no interest in the NI guy Dave Doeren. That guy is going to be a great one. My personal favorite is O’Brien at Penn State. I’d like Kirby Smart. I’d love taking a chance on Kliff Kingsbury too. Doeren is a guy I’d love to have along with James Franklin or Jim Mora Jr.

  50. almightytmc1 says:

    Hire Rich Rod, or Mike Leach. And then find the best Defensive corrdinator money can buy. If you do this, you will ger good recruits and have a brilliant offensive mind and a defense that can execute. Price? About 5 mil a year. Rewards? Well lets just say the ship will be going in the right direction to get back into the top 10.

    • SandMountainTiger SandMountainTiger says:

      You know, I was calling for Leach when CTT got fired. But he doesn’t scream “stability” to me. Stability is what we need now more than ever.

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