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Auburn Fires Head Football Coach Gene Chizik After 3-9 Season

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Two years ago Gene Chizik was on top of the college football world. His Auburn Tigers won the BCS National Championship behind the spectacular play of their Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. Since then, the team has tumbled to rock bottom. That’s why the Tigers announced the firing of Chizik earlier today.

Following the news, Chizik released the following statement:

“I’m extremely disappointed with the way this season turned out and I apologize to the Auburn family and our team for what they have had to endure. In my 27 years of coaching, I have gained an understanding of the high expectations in this profession. When expectations are not met, I understand changes must be made.”

Since the Associated Press poll was established in 1936, no school has fallen further than the Tigers two years after winning a National Championship. Auburn finished the 2012 season yesterday with a 49-0 blowout loss to their arch-rival Alabama. A 3-9 record with an 0-8 mark in the SEC is the team that Chizik leaves behind. As he understands, that isn’t even close to meeting expectations, especially at a University like Auburn.

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