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Well it’s About (War Damn) Time

By on November 2nd, 2012 in Football 16 Comments »

Hero to goat – somehow, someway the transformation is complete. Gene Chizik has burned through his National Championship equity faster than any other head coach ever and the debt is now mounting quickly. $7.5 million worth to be exact. Earlier this week Chizik announced that freshman Jonathan Wallace would be the the starting quarterback for Auburn’s homecoming game against New Mexico State, but it’s too little too late to get too excited about this move.

Gene Chizik has lost his Belichick-esque cerebral perception and has traded that in for one more similar to “Baghdad Bob.” I am disappointed that I feel that way, but it is a perception that he has earned ten-fold. The old adage, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” is one Chizik and his staff seem to live by. The only problem for them apparently is figuring out what is broken. The Tigers struggle in the same areas week in and week out and adjustments are few and far between. I hear all of the right things, but I see all of the wrong ones on the field the very next week.    

The Auburn Family has been reduced to looking for positives in the most miniscule of areas from the football team. Just under 2 years ago we were hailing our coaching staff and salivating at the thought of going after another crystal football, and now we are openly debating whether or not Auburn should hire…wait for it…Bobby Petrino. Were the Auburn fans that think this is a good idea even familiar with this football team during our run in 2010? The media attached itself to the Cam Newton story like a leech preparing itself for Thanksgiving dinner. If Auburn got remotely close to hiring Petrino we would be under fire immediately. I can’t think of a better way to make a bad situation worse.

Bumping into fellow Auburn fans in public has become some kind of cruel inside joke. You see someone wearing an Auburn hat or shirt, you make eye contact, and in that moment the both of you share all of the frustration you’ve got built up. The two of you don’t even have to speak to one another to know what the other is thinking. We’re like the walking dead of college football fans – just going through the motions until (hopefully) someone can save us from the nose dive we find ourselves in.

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s game against New Mexico State, I am truly happy and excited for Jonathan Wallace. He will provide a much needed spark and give us a glimpse of his potential. This is a clear-cut example of a young man with his head in the right place. He has not been overwhelmed by the stage and that is encouraging. I think he is due some freshman mistakes, but he has looked the most comfortable in the pocket of all the quarterbacks thus far. I can’t help but think that is in part (no matter how big or small) due to the coaches having spent the least amount of time with him.

I hope that our fans continue to support the players in every way possible. We have a ton of talent on this team that will be here for a few years and they will play a huge part in getting the program turned around. The Auburn Family has always been a classy bunch, and considering the circumstances, I think we’ve handled 2012 well. It is important to remember that no one at Auburn University wants to continue being a bottom-feeder in the SEC. The changes that need to be made will be made, and I am confident (still) that Auburn football and Auburn athletics in general have very bright days ahead. Whether he’s gone in a month or stays here for 10 more years, one great thing Gene Chizik brought Auburn was a culture change. The 2010 BCS National Championship permanently raised the bar at Auburn, and it is a standard that will be strictly upheld. 


  1. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..All Chizik has to do to save is job is win against Bama on Thanksgiving weekend. I’ll say it right now. Just one little bitty win. We’ll extend his contract again!

    • Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

      Thats right and all I have to do to be financially secure is win the lottery.

      Good post Derrick.

    • wde1988 wde1988 says:

      Uh-huh. That’s not too unreasonable. But unfortunately…. it isn’t going to happen.

      Realistically – bama wins by 45 or more.


  2. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    You’ve got mad photoshopping skilz, sir!

    I’m happy for Wallace too. I think that he will be a great qb, as long as the brain trust doesn’t ruin him (as I think Acid stated that thought yesterday as well)…..

    I’ll be listening to Rod and Stan through my iPad…happily there’s an app for that 🙂 I’m hoping the game doesn’t ruin a much needed relaxing weekend….

    War Eagle!

    • ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

      There is an app for that? Really? Now why do I not know that?!?! Care to share the name? 🙂

      • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

        …..Here in the Tragic City, that app is called AM radio. Because Auburn’s FM affiliate in town is based out of Tuscaloosa and can’t be picked up well without a big antenna and mast on the roof. For those in Birmingham who want to listen, that’s 1070 on your AM dial.

        …..And Stan and Rod are up to speed this year, too, not lagging way behind the TV. Hats off to the Auburn ISP network for getting it right. I’ve listened every game, except for when I was in Starkville, with no affiliate in range.

        • tigermac says:

          Acid, I lived in Tuscaloosa during the 2010 and 2011 seasons and I listened to the Auburn broadcast on 100.5 FM (WAPI) which I thought was out of Birmingham. Is this not the case? They also have a good website for streaming that I’ve used on my laptop during a few games when I was too lazy to get up and turn on a radio.

          Anyway, I registered just to say that; I’ve been reading TET for a few seasons and I’m a huge fan of your recaps every week (win or lose)! Y’all do great work here.

          War Eagle!

          • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

            …..I think they’ve moved the transmitter to the Tuscaloosa/Jefferson county line, but that does little good for us folk living in the south central region of Jefferson county. I’m basically a stone’s throw from Brookwood mall, and to pick up 100.5 FM on a regular radio, you’ve got to drive to the top of Shades Mountain.

            …..And thanks, Tigermac. I’ve had a lot of fun doing this gig for the past five years.

      • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

        Happily….I use ‘tune in’ radio app and found the FM Talk 106.5 out of Mobile, AL….I used to pay for a service (I’ve lived out of the listening region for years)..this is totes free. Discovered it this season!

  3. Jumpn Jack Flash says:

    “I think he is due some freshman mistakes, but he has looked the most comfortable in the pocket of all the quarterbacks thus far. I can’t help but think that is in part (no matter how big or small) due to the coaches having spent the least amount of time with him.”

    That’s cold, man, but probably more true than any of us wish to believe.

    • GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

      Kid just has the it factor. If we had a QB (& maybe a better QB coach) this year, Auburn would have a winning record now.

      • Jumpn Jack Flash says:

        But but but…loefler coached Tom Brady?!?! I wonder if handing a great qb a water bottle and towels was the extent of that “coaching”. Maybe he parked his car too?

  4. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    Another good one D.R.

    And I agree, the AU family has handled the situation about as well as it possibly could.

  5. sparkey sparkey says:

    Well, nobody can deny I was right about Loeffler all along and yes, I told you so. I am that kind of guy. Regardless, Wallace will be the ONE bright spot along with field goals I suppose this 2012 season. It has hurt more than any football season ever has. 1998 wasn’t half this painful and we only won three games that year. That team had heart and they had grit. They fought you until the end and they gave the national champion Tennessee everything it could handle at JHS.

    This 2012 team is something that is almost impossible to stomach. They have no heart, no desire and no happiness being an Auburn Tiger. Right now, all I see is a bunch of quitters from the coaching staff all the way down to the water boys outside of a few exceptions.

    Fortunately, Jonathan Wallace and Tre Mason have been two of those exceptions. They will both be back in 2013. I can’t see us being this bad again next year. Then again, we are by far the worst team in the SEC and right now South Alabama is ranked higher than us let alone Troy. That is pitiful.

    More than anything else, Jay Jacobs, Tim Jackson, and Bolt have to go from Auburn. From there, we need a complete regime change in terms of coaches. Nothing else will be enough to change the mentality around our beloved program. I know one thing, I’ll never take a winning season for granted again. Going 1-7 will make you remember just how much every single victory means.

  6. boogieau76 says:

    I watched Jonathan run the offense for Central High last year and he was truly a “man among boys.” He was a true leader of his team both on and off the field. He has parents that truly care and his studies have always had priority and it shows with the amount of time he spends on his own in the film room.The maturity that is exhibited,both on and off the field,. comes from hard work and his love of the game. His signing may have been one of the highlights of the 2012 class!

  7. restless6 says:

    Did JW get Kodi Burns’ old helmet?