Here’s a stunner in the college football world. The Auburn Tigers have reportedly hired Iowa State head coach Gene Chizik to take over as their new head coach. Chizik will replace Tommy Tuberville who resigned on December 3.
The hiring of Gene Chizik comes after several coaches have interviewed and several have had their names thrown into the discussion. Among those turning down the job or withdrawing include Will Muschamp (Texas), Gary Patterson (TCU), Derek Dooley (Louisiana Tech), Jimbo Fisher (FSU), Jim Grobe (Wake Forest), Turner Gill (Buffalo), Brady Hoke (Ball State), Todd Graham (Tulsa), Rodney Garner (Georgia) and Patrick Nix (Miami).
During his tenure, Tommy Tuberville led the Tigers to an 85-40 record. In contrast, Gene Chizik is only 5-19 in two seasons at Iowa State. Prior to that, he ran rather successful defenses at Auburn and Texas.
The chaos that has evolved in this Auburn coaching search only emphasizes how good our situation is here at Georgia. Mark Richt and staff, although not perfect, are stable and have the Bulldog program moving in the right direction and competing at the highest level. There are some changes that need to be made to the staff and/or their approach, but at least we aren’t running Richt out of town and replacing him with the next Ray Goff.