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Throwing in the Towel on the 2012 Season

By on November 13th, 2012 in Football, News 20 Comments »
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Fans have speculated for weeks that Auburn’s football team has quit on the coaching staff. Now it appears the University and its media partner have also thrown in the towel.

IMG Sports, the producer of the Auburn Football Review, notified affiliates this morning that it intends to cancel the program scheduled for the day following the Iron Bowl on Nov. 24.

In an email to WRBL Television in Columbus, Georgia, IMG executive producer Drew Walker writes, “We have decided not to run a 13th Auburn Football: Every Day show which would be the post Alabama episode. We felt it best to inform everyone now to give folks time to find a way to fill in that time slot. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Thanks.”

What the hell?

Granted, no one expects a pleasant outcome in Tuscaloosa over Thanksgiving Weekend, but what kind of message does this send to the players? This is as close to a surrender by an athletic department as you’ll likely ever see.

Asked to react to the cancellation at today’s press conference, Auburn coach Gene Chizik declined. “I don’t really have a reaction to it. I appreciate all they’ve done.” He confirmed that he was not involved in the decision to cancel the program.

The move will force Auburn Network affiliates to refund advertising dollars to those who’ve purchased ads for the program based on 13 shows.

Can things get any worse?

20 Comments

  1. War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

    Sounds like IMG Sports was tipped off by the insiders that CGC won’t be available after the UAT game. I feel like one of the band members on the Titanic . . . (gurgle, gurgle . . . .)

    By the way, thanks to TET for providing an outlet for my grief this season, misery loves company! War Eagle!

  2. WDEJED says:

    They obviously did not get the message that the Auburn Family is ALL IN. There is more to Auburn than a football record; if that is your only reason to support the Tigers… SEE YA!

    I will be the first to admit that this has been a terrible season. This is my last season as a student. Did I want to end my college career with a record such as this? NO! Am I ashamed? NO! Going to school here has been one of the best decisions I have made in my short 23 years. War Eagle!

  3. BigDaddyAU says:

    This sounds more like an *insert surprise* ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT decision. Once again Jay Jacobs screws up again. Heaven knows if they intend to buy out Chiz they need all the advertising dollars they can get to pay that $7.5 mil. Yet another “Titanic” blunder by the AD.

  4. mokey says:

    ….and on and on and on it goes…where it stops, nobody knows.

  5. Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

    So they can wait until the end of season to do “evaluations” but they can pull the plug on the TV show 2 weeks in advance after the biggest game of the year. Damn. This makes me feel like I did when we backed out of the Florida State game after we fired Tiny Terry.
    I’m really ashamed at how the administration is handling this…..and by “this”, I mean all of it. We all know that Gouge can’t bring back a coaching staff that has had its players quit on them. The football program made upwards of $70 million last year.– thats LAST YEAR, not 2010, which was 3rd(!!!!) in the country, so there isn’t a question of not having the funds for the buyout. Only Texas and Bama did better than us….and here we are wringing our hands saying “woe is me”. That blows my mind….absolutely splatters it against the wall. Gouge should look like a grandmother at Christmas right now….handing out checks….and wising all well in their future endeavors. I know we aren’t going to get a “sexy” hire but I do expect the axe to go ahead and fall so we can get a new staff together asap and try to salvage our recruiting class. How humiliated to you have to get before you pull the trigger Jay?? We can’t afford to have a “self imposed” scholarship penalty, and field a class of 15-20 like we did when Chizik came aboard.

    • wde1988 wde1988 says:

      I am with you.

      No integrity.
      No ambition.
      No self drive.
      No will to win.
      No pride.

      KEEP those that will work, get rid of the rest.

      Sometimes you got to cut out more than just the cancerous cells to get rid of the cancer.

      That is over half the roster!

      All i can say is good ridance.

      WDE

  6. Malakai Malakai says:

    There is sleeping talent on the Auburn team. I believed it last year and I believe it this year. If we take a lump in recruiting for 2013 (due to regime change) try and console yourself that players who have underperformed might actually start playing up to their potential hype when they signed in the first place.

  7. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    For those that say the talent is on this team, two words: show me.

    True part of this years performance is due to coaching… but the other is on the players.

    Want to know why we have recruits saying they will go elsewhere if chizik leaves? It is incestuous relationship at best. They can get by here.

    They just know that they can snow this coach…. and when things get bad enough only then will he step in. Same ones will be revolting when he puts a security firm on them to enforce curfew.

    That’s why Dyer left. Gagged.

    Chizik is poor excuse for a coach. He’s trying desperately to prove otherwise. All that needs to be done is put an interview with Saban against chizik and you will know definitively within the first two minutes. Chizik can’t speak the lingo. He has been a charlatan from the start. But he suckered me though.

    Every minute he is allowed to stay auburn falls further behind.

    This team will take years to rebuild with young men of character. Some on his roster may stay… but most will be run off.

    Just an opinion.

  8. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    And to answer your question: yes. It can.

    Wait till Saban raids au’s recruit again this year…

    WDE

  9. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    News flash… anyone wanting to know how bad it is or how bad its going to get in Auburn, Alabama… need only look at the recent comments by BVG.

    If you recall after the self inflicted chest wound of an effort against UGA… he made the statement that AU didn’t have the size to compete. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out he is right. How he says it on the other hand may be all wrong. But the underlying truth I believe is factual.

    Well, today BVG reloaded… take a peak at this:

    While getting another shot at reports today BVG restated his initial hypothesis by elaborating on his earlier comments. He said, “It’s not worth stating. It’s not my responsibility not does it have any class to it to comment any further,” VanGorder said. “People in football have a lot better opportunity to look at where Auburn football is right now and have respectable conclusions. I don’t think from the outside, including (reporters), can really know. I know what’s going on. I certainly know what it takes. I know where we are. It’s real.”

    Apparently even BVG thinks we suck. I wonder if the final score against UGA or the fact that Grantham taunted him off the field after the game gave him that idea?

    But then he peels back the onion a bit further and we may see an ulterior motive. He says “”I don’t know that I can say that I’m confident. I can honestly tell you that it’s not something that’s overly burdensome to me,” VanGorder said. “I realized in the spring, when I walked out in spring ball, that we had a lot of work to do. I relate back to where I left the SEC (after the 2004 season) and where Auburn was in football, the last team I saw here. It’s a long ways from that right now. I’d love to turn it around. I’m very confident that we can. That’s all I really want to say about it.”

    Q: Do you think BVG is trying to get his shot at coaching in the SEC at Gene Chizik’s expense?

    Oh the irony.

    WDE

    • Randyc37 Randyc37 says:

      I question Van Gorder’s ability to be a head coach since he failed at Georgia Southern. There will be plenty of 3 star recruits who will want to play at Auburn and can be developed by a good coaching staff. Texas A&M is a great example. Kevin Sumlin came in and worked with what he had and he landed a 3 start recruit named Johnny Manziel who was going to Oregon. Now Texas A&M is in the top 10 on rivals.com.

      In time, this bad season will pass.

      WDE!

    • Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

      Any shot he had as a DC is gone. I’ll tell you what, of all the disappointments on Auburn this year, he’s the worst. Who would hire someone that can’t muster any kind of successful scheme against a spread offense? I think we gave up more than 29 points to every team not named New Mexico State, that runs a spread attack. BVG came to this team with a reputation of being an enforcer at UGA for Saint Richt, apparently that reputation was undeserved. Just because Chizik isn’t a hard a$$ doesn’t mean he didn’t have to be that way with the defensive players. Our defense has more gutless posers than I could possibly imagine and thats directly reflective of BVG’s efforts. If he had a gripe with Chizik he should have addressed it with Chizik instead of packing it in. He obviously doesn’t care about developing the players or working on a scheme that provides anything more than simply being in the way of the offense…..and they don’t even do that well most of the time. Pathetic.

      • Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

        Sad but accurate Col. I was glad to see the BVG hire but now I am tons more disappointed in him than Loeffler. CSL was an unproven OC but BVG was suppose to be the experienced guy that was going to bring toughness to the defense. I don’t care what the problems were on the offensive side of the ball, there is no way Auburn should ever give up 63 points at home – No way!

  10. plains74 says:

    I just got through visiting with a long time friend of mine that was an offensive lineman that played for Shug. He is very sucessful in business and is a great motivator. I asked him what was going on and he told me to read Heath Evan’s article in AL.com That article summed it up. Lack of discipline,mental toughness,and physical toughness required for football,business or life in general. I do not agree with Gene’s last speech
    where he said that at least he helped prepare the members of the team for life. At least nothing positive.
    The players that had the toughness to win a National Championsip did not learn that from Gene, but rather from the coaches before him at Auburn and high school or junior college. Four years into Gene’s tenure we can see his true impact on this team. Van Gorder has as much as said this.

    • Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

      Van Gorder doesn’t get a free pass. No matter what Gene and the other coaches have done before, 2012 is his defense. And they never quit before like they have under him. If they had an improved year and looked tough, he would have got the credit for it so he deserves the blame for the failure. 63 pts! Friggin 63 points at home! He can frame it any way he wants but it was a Van Gorder defense that was rolled over and shut down by Ga. and gave Ga. the biggest margin of a win at home for the first time in history!

  11. War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

    11 more days and this sad movie will be over . . . Perhaps 2010 was our New Hope era, in the end we blew up the college football world, in 2011-12 the Empire (UAT) definitely struck us back, maybe, just maybe, if we’re really lucky, 2013 will see the Return of the SEC Win on the plains . . .