Report: Auburn Players Unhappy with Gene Chizik’s Firing
Gene Chizik is seems what blessed to have Cam Newton and Nick Fairley for one great season, and he turned that into a huge contract and a National Championship.
Chizik has been average the remainder of the time at Iowa State, and the post Cameron years at Auburn.
Gene Chizik was fired Sunday after a miserable 3 win season, which included a merciful 49-0 loss to Alabama in which coach Nick Saban put the brakes on midway through in a classy manner.
USA Today is reporting that not all are pleased with the decision of Athletic Director Jay Jacobs, mainly his players, and some of those players are talking.
“I think we did what he deserved and we gave him a standing ovation and clapped for him,” tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen said. “There’s so much love from coach Chizik on this team. Would we have loved to see him get another year, another opportunity? Yes, but at the same time we understand where Jay Jacobs is coming from. Three wins isn’t going to cut it in our league.”
“It was tough. When you love somebody, it’s tough,” defensive tackle Jeff Whitaker said on Sunday. “But at the end of the day, it’s the business that we’re all live in and they have to make a business decision.”
“Not winning a conference game is not going to cut it wherever you are at in this league,” Lutzenkirchen said.”I think there’s multiple teams going through this process right now in our league. It’s tough to see someone go who you’ve been with for four years and someone who gave you a chance.”
“It’s going to be a challenge because people’s minds go everywhere,” Mason said. “‘Should I leave or should I stay?’ I’m pretty sure people will probably stay and stick together as a family.”
Gene Chizik will be fine, after he receives a reported $7.55 million in his buyout.
My question is if this group of players are so unhappy, why didn’t they play harder for him.
If this group really did love their coach and really are upset, who needs malcontents when you have a bunch like he did.