The Auburn Tigers have reached a low not witnessed in nearly 22 years. Auburn has a very real chance of finishing 0-8 in the SEC with the Gene Chizik experiment screeching to a halt in short order.
While the removal of Chizik is undoubtedly right around the corner, firing him now is better than tomorrow for the Auburn program—especially in the recruiting arena.
This program is a dumpster fire right now, and there is no end in sight with Chizik leading the charge. There is a lack of effort and football understanding that appears to take the field on a regular basis.
This Tigers team has lost hope in the leadership of the program, and it has never been more apparent than in last Saturday’s loss to the Aggies at home. Auburn fans—the ones who actually stuck around—saw the Tigers lose by the most points in Jordan-Hare Stadium than in any time since 1917.
I would be willing to bet that there aren’t many memories that remain from the 1917 game.
These Tigers are bad right now, and the country has taken notice. The current committed recruits and other top targets have also paid attention to this dramatic fall from the top.
There have been a few whispers of current commits taking a look at other schools, but the majority of this 2013 recruiting class has remained solid. These players have committed to a school and not a coach, but no future direction to excellence is beginning to hurt with prospects.
While it is great that the Tigers have maintained the current class as is, the 2013 class is not finished. Players who are not already committed will approach Auburn with caution until the coaching situation is resolved.
This coaching staff has won a national title, but outside of that one season they have produced mediocre results and have underdeveloped a ton of talent that is on roster. Top recruits do not want to attend a school that will not help push them onto the professional stage—Auburn doesn’t have that reputation as it stands today.
Auburn has a rich tradition as a football power in the SEC and is just two years removed from a national title. There is still a reputation of winning that surrounds the program, and young recruits can watch Cam Newton and Nick Fairley on a regular basis, tying Auburn to the pros.
There is a long climb ahead for this program in a lot of areas, but recruiting doesn’t appear to be an area of concern just yet.
Finding a replacement for Chizik will be a lengthy process that will drag a number of names through the press wires. It will provide Auburn with a point of uncertainty, but uncertainty is better than the tumble that is occurring right now.
This staff has no answer for this problem. It has become apparent that Chizik is in over his head as the administrator of the Tigers program. The Auburn administration can’t afford to look just as incompetent as the coach that is about to be fired.
Right now a gray haze of confusion sits over the Auburn program. No player is looking to be recruited to a school by a coach who won’t lead the program in the coming years.
Getting rid of Chizik now will help provide some answers to lingering questions and allow for uncommitted recruits to see an Auburn administration that is focused on winning championships.
Complacency has to be thrown out the window in favor of aggressive action in Auburn. Dumping Chizik now will help the Tigers continue to build one of the strongest recruiting classes in the country.