Chizik now making the rounds
Chizik spoke briefly with reporters, where he said this:
First off all, I'm very, very overwhelmed. I'm back home. What can I say, I'm back home.He then addressed the throng of supporters gathered just off the tarmac. I couldn't hear anything he was saying, but a fan holding a sign reading "Welcome Home" conveyed the feeling I sensed there.
I feel very blessed; my family, myself. This is a dream come true for us.
This is going to be brief but I want to tell you this, these people of Auburn University and the Auburn family is what I got into coaching for. And I left it with the dream one day to come back to it. And today I'm living that dream. I want to thank you guys.
ANTARRIOUS WILLIAMS SPEAKS (linebacker for Chizik, 2002-04):
I think we got the right guy. All along, we interviewed 6, 7, 8 guys -- I don't know -- before we hired Chizik. I said: Where is Gene Chizik? Where is Gene Chizik? He was my No. 1 choice before they even mentioned him. I think Jay Jacobs got this right on the head. A lot of people are underestimating Gene Chizik's coaching ability and motivating players and players buying into the system, which is the key right now.
That's why Alabama's successful -- players are buying into Nick Saban's system. It's not that what they're doing is so great. It's that players believe what he's saying. Players will buy into Gene Chizik.
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