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12.15.2008

LIVE -- Chizik/Jacobs press conference @ 1 o'clock

We're waiting for the participants to arrive ...

JAY JACOBS OPENS:
  • "He impressed upon us his blueprint to move Auburn football in the future."

  • "He was on the path at Iowa State to turn that program around."


GENE CHIZIK SPEAKS
  • "This is a very special day in my life. Jay, let me assure you: You hired the right guy."

  • "It was amazing how on the same page we were."

  • He's complimenting all the new stuff Auburn has built since he left in early 2005.

  • "There are so many things that indicate Auburn has a vision."

  • "The Auburn people? The Auburn way? I get it. I've been to some great places and not one matches the passion, enery and excitement of Auburn and these Auburn people."

  • "It's not just about championships. It's about the whole thing."

  • "Shortly after this is over, (recruiting) is where you'll see me. Today. We're going to recruit tirelessly, 24/7. We're going to work."

  • "I've made many great, great relationships with high-school coaches in this state. We're going to start in this great state of Alabama where football is very important."

  • "We have no secrets here. We'll have an open door for high-school coaches ... and particularly in this state."

  • "I want the Auburn football players ... to feel like they're back into an Auburn family. Some may feel it. Some may not. I don't know what's out there. I want all those guys to come back."

  • "We're going to move this thing in the right direction."

  • On the staff: "I have one goal: To make sure we bring in the best football coach/person/recruiter out there. That's my commitment."

  • On his offensive style: "It's 200 years old. On offense right now, you've got to run the football. That doesn't mean we're not going to throw the football. It means that you have to be physical. That doesn't pigeonhole me into any one offense. So many offenses are not one-dimensional anymore."

  • On his troubles at ISU: "When I took that job, I was ready to be a head coach. I had done everything I could do as an assistant coach. I was ready. It's not like I walked into that thing and didn't think it was a challenge. I had a blueprint in place. I put it in effect. I never deviated from that one bit."

  • How can he win over the fans?: "That answer is really easy. You have to win. There's going to be skepticism no matter who you hire. At the end of the day, what I do know is that this was the right hire for Auburn. I understand this place. I understand these people. I understand how to recruit it."

  • Why leave four years ago?: "My desire was to be a head coach. University of Texas had a great track record of moving guys on to jobs. I made the move. If I hadn't made that move, maybe I wouldn't be standing here today."

  • Staff revisited: "I've got a plan in place. I've got a really good sense of where I'm going. Some of (the candidates) are still coaching."

  • Initial reaction to being hired: "My initial reaction was `War Eagle.' It happened fast."

  • Joe Whitt Sr. is recruiting now. Phillip Lolley and Jimmy Perry as well.

  • "I love recruiting. I can't wait."

  • On Tuberville: "I have not talked to Tommy. I had a great three years here. I was very appreciative of Tommy letting me do my job. There's a fine line between coaching and meddling. I don't plan on micromanaging coordinators. That's why they were hired. I'm going to be out there and I'm going to be coaching."

  • "The expectations of the people aren't any higher than mine. My expectations are very high."

  • "Last season was a situation I hadn't experienced. We played with 11 true freshmen. We kept persevering. We learned a lot. I learned a lot."

  • Head coaches are big recruiters now: "That's who I have to be. When this is over, I'm hitting the road. I'm out of here. I'll spear-head that effort."

  • Last night's meeting: "We had a great meeting last night. I let them understand their leader is someone who loves Auburn. I love this place. You need to love the game. We'll hit this thing together."

  • Why are you the right guy for the job?: "I love Auburn. I know the importance of football at Auburn. I know the importance of football in Alabama. I get that. The coaches that know me in this state and the coaches who know me out of this state -- they know about my Auburn ties."

JAY JACOBS UP AGAIN
  • Surprised by negative reaction?: "I know the Auburn people are going to come together and know that Gene is the right man for Auburn.

  • Didn't acknowledge any other candidates.

  • "We didn't necessarily have a pecking order. We had a list of candidates we wanted to get to and he was on it."

  • "He'll re-energize Auburn with his physical, smash-mouth brand of football. All Auburn people will come together."

  • "We have agreed to terms in principle."

  • Said Jay Gogue couldn't make this meeting due to a schedule conflict.

  • "We didn't compromise our integrity during this search. I went through the front door. We're not going to through agents and all that stuff."

  • Discussing Carr & Associates.

  • How many interviews?: Won't say who and how many. "Gene was the only one I introduced the president to."

  • "There were certain people who declined to interview. Maybe that just weeded out some of the faint-hearted."

  • "We wanted someone who was a relentless recruiter, a guy with unbelievable character and integrity, someone who has been in the SEC and had been successful, somebody who has a passion for football -- Auburn football -- and his family."

  • Is money no object for assistant coaches?: "No object. Auburn people expect nothing less."


THAT'S A WRAP

269 Comments:

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Blogger riskman108 said...

Jay you are the man!

12:40 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I do what I can.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Sean AKA "Shake N' Bake" said...

I have to agree with Fake Steve here, Conference calls suck, I'm going to miss the entire thing. Jay, thanks for taking notes.

12:43 PM  
Blogger riskman108 said...

http://all-access.cbssports.com/player.html?code=aub&media=96072

You can watch it here.... Just read lips

12:44 PM  
Blogger riskman108 said...

Jay you should walk up to the mic and go HELLO CLEVELAND!!!!

12:45 PM  
Blogger Jet Chiz Whiz said...

Riskman, I was thinking something out of Family Guy, but i don't think it's appropriate.

12:48 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

Ok, I just showered (it was a really long night) and I've got my In Auburn We Believe shirt on so let's get this show on the road

p.s. I was going to wear my Auburn boxers but I think the elastic got fried in the dryer. Is that TMI?

12:49 PM  
Blogger riskman108 said...

Hey Peter.... haha great show

12:50 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Has the Auburn media relations team released Aubie's comments on the situation yet?

12:54 PM  
Blogger riskman108 said...

Who is everyone taking a picture of Jay? Auburntigers.com just put the camera on some guy 2 times...

12:55 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'm guessing that's Carlos Rogers and Antarrious Williams?

I can't watch the stream right now.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Jet Chiz Whiz said...

Aubie:

(Repeated head nodding and wagging)

(Hold up one finger)

(Pull tail between legs, play like guitar)

(Hold up sign that says: Chizzle Is My Hizzle!)

12:56 PM  
Blogger riskman108 said...

That makes since thanks Jay.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Bret Eddins in the house as well.

Pat Dye.

12:58 PM  
Blogger riskman108 said...

I hope that someone gets pictures of those guys being there! That might help recruiting.....

12:59 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

is he trying to call me for my input?

1:00 PM  
Blogger Eddie4AU said...

Pat Dye, there, nah...HE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT :).

1:00 PM  
Blogger riskman108 said...

CHIZIKS WIFE IS WEARING RED!!! WTF! JAY ASK HER WHY SHE IS WEARING RED!!!

1:00 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

I don't need to watch it. Jay G. Tate will tell us everything we need to know!

1:01 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Maybe she got rid of all her Orange and Blue attire...

1:06 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

riskman-
my wife is a HUGE AU fan, but she once put a purple shirt on our son (he was only 6 but knew right away it was a mistake) on the morning we were going to AU-LSU game.

Women are just oblivious to those sorts of things, no matter how big a fan.

1:08 PM  
Blogger riskman108 said...

She could of run to Kinnucans this morning

1:08 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

is anybody else about to fall asleep

1:08 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

I'll give him this, he's been good in his opening statements. Let's see what he does when Jay skewers him though.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Thanks for the link, Riskman.

1:10 PM  
Blogger Jet Chiz Whiz said...

Lasik, Coach. You can afford it now ... otherwise, he's doing OK.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Tarheel - Do you know all women?

1:11 PM  
Blogger Al Gorgeous said...

"I want the Auburn football players ... to feel like they're back into an Auburn family. Some may feel it. Some may not. I don't know what's out there. I want all those guys to come back."

I knew this was up. This is the anti Tubs march. And I'm not sure I don't like it. In fact, this may be a positive.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Jet Chiz Whiz said...

Great answer ... "I don't want 1/3."

1:14 PM  
Blogger Al Gorgeous said...

He's referring to the graduated players and coaches that some feel have been kept out of town and involved.

1:14 PM  
Blogger weagle251 said...

Here's a quick video of the presser for those who aren't watching it live.

1:15 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

I agree with you Al. This whole anti-Tubs movement and rallying around the greater Auburn MAY be good. It's certainly something that at least most people can buy into.

1:16 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

ESPN News also will show it for those beyond Auburn at 2:15 EST.

1:16 PM  
Blogger FSJ-Midnight Mover said...

How old is Dye?

1:17 PM  
Blogger Jet Chiz Whiz said...

FSJ ... he's 69, I think.

Looks 79.

1:17 PM  
Blogger FSJ-Midnight Mover said...

If he's 69 he looks about as bad as Coach Bryant did at 69. Of course Byrant was still coaching.

1:18 PM  
Blogger riskman108 said...

So basically I was just on WSFA! I'm FAMOUS!!!

1:19 PM  
Blogger MobileBayTiger said...

But what we're really wondering: boxers or briefs?

1:20 PM  
Blogger Jet Chiz Whiz said...

TAKE OFF THE GLASSES!!!!

1:20 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I asked that question earlier, Faker. How healthy is he?

1:20 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

PAT DYE IS RUNNING THIS PROGRAM INTO THE GROUND!

1:20 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

What did Mark Murphy ask that Chizik responded "I can't answer that"?

1:23 PM  
Blogger Al Gorgeous said...

ask the question, jay. what about willis?

1:23 PM  
Blogger KJtiger said...

Well, he does not lack confidence.

1:24 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

RK, Mark asked him if he knew he was going to be hired after the first interview.

1:24 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

riskman-
As Monica has pointed out, I obviously meant SOME women

1:25 PM  
Blogger Jet Chiz Whiz said...

We're gonna throw it around!

I love it!

Make it rain, Geno!

1:25 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

ok, somebody ask him that famous question, "How long is it going to take to beat Alabama?"

1:26 PM  
Blogger MobileBayTiger said...

Hey Jay

Ask him if he really thought that jacket matched that tie when he was dressing himself in the dark.

1:26 PM  
Blogger KJtiger said...

Grey is the new power color. Just ask saban.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

He has answered the assistants question three times.

Willis?

1:28 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

MobileBay-

let's give him a break. He's a man, how's he supposed to know what tie/coat matches.

p.s. Mon- no, I don't know all men

1:28 PM  
Blogger FSJ-Midnight Mover said...

I will say that he is better in the PC than I expected.

I'm listening when I can.

Better than Shula was in his first one..

Umhh uhhhh, cough, ummmm, uhhh...

1:28 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Mon - I know all men and his wife is not Kiffin Hot.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

I would love to know WHY they played 11 true freshmen at ISU.

1:30 PM  
Blogger ftworthtiger said...

You can tell from his brief comments about tubs that the two didn't get along very well.

1:32 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Lack of talent?

1:33 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

He doesn't lack confidence that is for sure.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

Jay,

you need to get someone to take your pictures so you can have proof "you were there when"....

1:39 PM  
Blogger KJtiger said...

Bingo relationships!

1:39 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I get the impression that he feels he's the best hire Auburn could have made. I think he said that 4 or 5 times.

1:40 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

High school recruits all around the state are still wondering who the hell this guy is.

1:41 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

JJ - "Gene, how do you think you're team would have done next year if you stay at ISU?"

GC - "I'll be honest, probably 4-8, with a win over Colorado."

JJ - "You're hired."

1:42 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

Chizik's done well; Jacobs is a buffoon. Telling that he hasn't spoken to Tommy, but Dye - who looks awful - is in the front row.

1:43 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

hahhahaah he was real quick to answer that pat dye question. WHAT A LIAR

1:43 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Jay - What was the question that got the response "weeded out some of the faint hearted"?

1:44 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Lowder is included in the chain of command.

Wow what an admission.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

Wait, there are two Brad's on here now? Crap...One of us has to change. I call heads.

1:45 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Will the real Brad please stand up.

1:46 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

Standing, as you can see in my avatar. With Jack in hand. At the AU / WV game.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

Standing.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Mon -- asking if all candidates were OK with Jacobs' "front door" approach.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

He said Lowder was in the chain of command?

1:48 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Then I go with the standing Brad because I also was in Morgantown.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Thanks Jay

1:50 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

AU1 -

I owe you a beer for your support. Vote standing Brad for "Real Brad '08"

1:50 PM  
Blogger ftworthtiger said...

Pat Dye talking with Chizik's wife...hahahahahahahaha

Dye had nothing to do Chizik's hiring...hahahahahahahahahahaha

1:50 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

Him repeatedly saying that Auburn made the right hire was kind of weird. What would you expect him to say? Jacobs, you just screwed the pooch on this one?

1:51 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

He was asked point blank about a booster, and JJ said that we have a process and a chain of command to make decisions. He did not actually say Lowder was in the chain.

1:51 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Don't you need to be able to tell a recruit who your OC/DC is while you're talking to the kid?

1:52 PM  
Blogger Klaus said...

As usual with Finebaum's M.O., he says they Chizik threw out several shots at Tuberville. Statements like "I'm the right man", "I know what the Auburn people want" and some others. Anyone else take these as shots at Tubs.

Sounds like the usual Coaches press conference hackneyed statements to me.

1:52 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Fbomb - They have no chance to beat Alabama....homer.

1:54 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

Monica, when you don't have an OC or DC, how would you tell them who they are?

I think he made it plain that some of the coaches he will hire are currently coaching, meaning bowl teams or possibly NFL.

1:55 PM  
Blogger ftworthtiger said...

is Chizik out recruiting yet?

1:56 PM  
Blogger FSJ-Midnight Mover said...

Aren't we in a dead period for recruiting?

1:56 PM  
Blogger Klaus said...

Finebaum said that Turner Gill could have at least stood his ground with Saban.

Huh!!?? Finebaum kills me.

1:56 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Thank you Steve for making my point.

1:56 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

FSJ,
Dead period Dec 22 Jan 1

1:57 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

I am convinced that Jacobs directed this search and the BOT is not involved. This has been the theme since Gogue arrived. It goes right along with the going through the front door thing. Gogue has layed down the law in terms of how things will work.

1:57 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

I wonder who (recruit) he'll visit first? JGT got any ideas?

1:58 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Fbomb Auburn Chain of Command

Lowder
Dye=AU Football Advisor for Lowder
Gogue
Jacobs
Chizik

1:59 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

anybody know if there is any "leniency" in the NCAA rules re: visiting recruits after a coaching change? i.e. can new staff go visit a recruit if old staff already used up the allowable visit(s) for that recruit?

1:59 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Tarheel, he needs to call Bobby or Pat and ask him which is more important.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

on leniency. No, I do not believe so. They are also not very lenient on letting current players transfer after a coach has been fired. Kind of a crappy rule.

2:01 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

AU1N04, that is likely the pecking order. I am also pretty sure Dye got his suggestions in indirectly, possibly through Q.

2:01 PM  
Blogger FSJ-Midnight Mover said...

Thanks Tarheel I knew it was coming up soon.

2:01 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

SteveFC,
I agree with you; I really think the perception is not the reality.
Jacobs played for Dye, so it doesn't surprise me that he's there.

2:01 PM  
Blogger weagle251 said...

I am shocked, SHOCKED(!) that you believe that, Steve.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Jet Chiz Whiz said...

The shots at Tubs were (and I had to cut out) ... Coaches/people/recruiters ... not 1/3, but the whole deal and welcoming the former players.

2:02 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

so what did we all get out of that???

2:02 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

So on a scale of 1-10 how did he do during the press conference?

7.5

2:03 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Lies, lies, and damn lies PDWT

2:03 PM  
Blogger riskman108 said...

Bama fans are trying to say that Auburn is racist now because we hired a white coach instead of a black coach. My question to them is where is there black coach!!!! If that was so important to them why didn't they hire Croom!!!!

2:03 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

I am sure Dye wants to have influence and does to some extent. He was obviously going to be there because he knows all the people involved, including the Chiziks.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

*Institutional staff members may have contact with a prospective
student-athlete who has been admitted for midyear enrollment,
provided the prospect has signed a National Letter of Intent or
other offer of admission and/or financial aid to attend the
institution and is required to be on campus to attend institutional
orientation sessions for all students.

2:04 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

Totally unimportant note- I went by Byrons BBQ at lunch before the press conference and Tubs and E Gran were in the back corner eating lunch. Some people went over to talk but they seemed to be mostly left alone. Kind of strange to see a big press conference about to start and the former big guy munching on BBQ. Chizik was not my choice, but I like his enthusiasm and hope he turns things around.

2:04 PM  
Blogger ftworthtiger said...

I give him an 8 out of 10...would have liked more specifics on the plan.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

This PC was very Shulaesque in its entirety. How many times does he need to say I love Auburn and I am the right guy for Auburn?

I absolutely freakin love it when they asked about offense and all he could say was I'll tell them the rb will run the ball, the receiver will catch it and the qb will throw it. Brilliant!

2:04 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

They just played the guy booing Jacobs on College Football Live.

2:04 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

riskman108, I value the opinion of Bama fans just about as much as the last piece of toilet paper I wiped with.

2:05 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

NICE!!

We are all over ESPN with the one guy yelling about the crappy hire.

Screaming 5-19!!

2:05 PM  
Blogger J. Kev said...

Well, I'll say this for Chizik. He doesn't sound like a retard.

Jacobs, however, is a total retard and totally out of his depth.

Great to see Charles Barkley throwing Auburn under the bus, too. Wonderful to accuse your alma mater of racism.

2:05 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

barkley, that guy booing Jacobs should be real proud. The video will be used for years to make Auburn look bad. Billy Joe Bob, way to go!!!

2:06 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

duller than I expected. I don't know, maybe I expected him to lead us in a big bodda getta

2:07 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

exactly. I haven't heard any bama fans accuse AU of racism; but, good 'ol Charles says it on national TV.

2:07 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

J. Kev, piss on Barkley. I have no use for him.

2:07 PM  
Blogger AUWade said...

Jay, Gogue not being there seems a bit odd. That's not normal, right? I have hard time buying the scheduling conflict.

2:08 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

Dr. Gogue not being there doesn't bother me a bit. In fact, if he had been there I would have wondered if he didn't have something more important he should be doing.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Jet Chiz Whiz said...

Barkley ... Chuckster, not HABOTN's preferred gubernatorial candidate ... is a provacateur. Nothing more.

He's a microphone seeker like his enabler ... the radio version of P.T. Barnum in Birmingham.

Chiz gets 7-8 in my book for his performance. I want the coach to say he's the right guy. Never heard specifics at one of these before. Didn't expect to hear them today.

Ultimately, it's about performance ... first test in February, then on the field.

2:10 PM  
Blogger jhc said...

I've definitely settled into the "Chizik's the guy, and as such I'll be behind him 100%" phase. I'm still skeptical and will likely be until the staff comes together.

Any chance that Garner moves for an Asst HC / Recruiting Coord gig? I'm not sure he's the right DC candidate, but I guess that depends on how much Chizik will be involved on that side of the ball.

2:10 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

I think Gogue not being there is proper. The school president shouldn't appear too tied in with the athletic program.

2:11 PM  
Blogger AUWade said...

Sure, I could understand the hands-off approach, but it seems that the President could be there to help introduce the new coach. That's a big representative of the university, if not the biggest. It would seem that you would want to support that person if you were the President.

2:11 PM  
Blogger ftworthtiger said...

Wade, I thought it was very interesting that Gooouuuuuggge wasn't there either. Something seems weird about that.

A major university just made an extremely important hire, and the pres is absent? Hmmmm.

2:12 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

A point on Gill that I heard on Rivals Radio today from a sr sports writer in upstate NY.

Syracuse did not bring him on board because he did not show the passion as Marrrone did. Like he didn't want the job. What if Chizik wanted the job more than Gill? Could explain things more than the white wife.

2:12 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

So Turner Gill expressed his concern that race was an issue to Charles Barkley. It's not just Barkely's opinion.

2:12 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Chizik has a white wife.

2:12 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

I haven't heard Charles say anything that wasn't true, he just forgot to point out who was to blame. He acted like it was the Auburn family who would have been upset with Gill, when it was actually Dye and Lowder.

2:13 PM  
Blogger jhc said...

But perception is reality, and if a prominent alumnus goes on national TV and talks about racism at his alma mater, no one will care about whether or not the candidate in question was enthusiastic.

2:13 PM  
Blogger Jet Chiz Whiz said...

Bodda-getta, Bodda-getta, Bodda-getta-bod

Rah Rah Rah! NO BOOM, Bah!

Izzle, Izzle, War Damn Chizzle!

Kick 'Em in the Butt, Big Blue!

Hey!

2:13 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

jhc, I don't blame anyone for being skeptical. We all have our concerns. We just need to wait and see the decisions he makes.

I didn't like the decision to get rid of Willis, but the obvious question is who will replace him.

I am also encouraged that they talked about his blueprint for Auburn. That is how coaches are hired. All prospective head coaches keep lists of staff candidates and have an idea of what they would do. It is that idea that is evaluated when picking the guy.

2:14 PM  
Blogger ftworthtiger said...

If he can recruit Garner to AU, then that will settle my nerves to a large degree.

Anybody believe Chizik when he talks about AU being his dream job? I want to, and I also want to believe he'll be at AU for a long time (if he wins).

2:14 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

barkley for governor, where did you get your informatoin about Lowder and Dye being against Gill?

2:15 PM  
Blogger Jet Chiz Whiz said...

If omeone else with a little more credibility toward sober commentary, it would be a major issue.

Barkley? Just not seeing the man who claims he was misquoted in his autobiography as a voice that carries a lot of weight in the world -- even if it is a loud one.

2:16 PM  
Blogger The Seeker said...

I've been under a rock since Friday...did I miss anything?

2:16 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Gouge should have been at that presser. Period. The biggest, most public hire the university has made in 10 years. Gouge should have been there.

2:16 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

I think Auburn being his dream job is the truth and probably what separated him from some other candidates, such as Gill.

Barkley demonstrating his racist philosophy won't change that.

2:17 PM  
Blogger ftworthtiger said...

so are other SEC coaches doing negative recruiting against AU by saying to someone on ESPN that Gill wouldn't be hired bec. of his white wife?

And F-bum is going to run it into the ground.

2:17 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Steve, one day you're going to have Jay change the name of this blog to The Sunniest Auburn Blog on The Net.

2:18 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

Mon-
where did you hear that Gill spoke to Sir Charles?

2:18 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

My university will be stuck in this incestuous, embarrassing cycle until the Dye, Lowder, Rane & Co. Mafia is gone.

2:18 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

espn

2:19 PM  
Blogger dan said...

Bammers calling us racist is a joke. They've never had a black QB start for a whole season much less a black HC.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

not sunniest, barkley, delusional

2:21 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

Monica, you are right about Lowder, Rane, and Dye, but it isn't because of what they are doing now. It is because of the perception, and that isn't likely to ever change.

Barkley for governor, where did you get your information on Lowder and Dye being against Gill?

2:21 PM  
Blogger AUant said...

Might be the Prez's way of protesting the hire as well.

2:22 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

I never really viewed Charles Barkley as a racist until today. Has anyone actually heard exactly what he said? Is that information accurate?

2:23 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

A better way to protest it would be to quit. I'm not going to be pres of a place where the bot dictates the hiring of my staff. That's just me.

2:24 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

AUant, the president met with Chizik in Memphis. Any time Auburn is committing to a multi-million dollar salary, I would expect the president to be involved.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

show me one other PC where the President did not appear when the head football coach of an SEC has been announced. 1.

Seriously.

They probably had to call him and tell him that Lowder had hired someone.

2:24 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

Monica, where did you learn about the BOT dictating the hirings?

2:25 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

extremely accurate. Barkely is truly worried that His Auburn is racist.

Unfortunately, instead of going through channels to voice his displeasure, he uses ESPN.

2:26 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

Mark, Gogue met with Chizik in Memphis. That would appear to mean he was aware of the hire.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Sean AKA "Shake N' Bake" said...

hmmm I think I liked Dan Mullen's introduction better, it was more exciting for sure.

2:27 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

Mark, Barkley has always been kind of politically incorrect. The problem is, I haven't seen anything to indicate why he would think this had something to do with race other than a black coach didn't get hired.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

sarcasm is a funny word. So is it's application.

2:27 PM  
Blogger AUant said...

Sorry all...but I believe Charles is right!!!

2:27 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

AUant, what makes you believe it had something to do with race?

2:28 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

What a freakin PR nightmare. Not to mention just the wrong coaching hire. Sad and disgusting.

2:29 PM  
Blogger jhc said...

Here's the barkley quote:
"I think race was the No. 1 factor," said Barkley, who played basketball for three seasons at Auburn during the early 1980s. "You can say it's not about race, but you can't compare the two resumes and say [Chizik] deserved the job. Out of all the coaches they interviewed, Chizik probably had the worst resume."

Here's the link to the article on ESPN.com.

2:29 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

I don't think this was a racist hire. I think Charles does. That is why he should have voiced his concerns to the President, instead of announcing it on ESPN.

He may well be right; but, there are better ways to treat your University.

2:29 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

Monica, what is making you think it is the wrong coaching hire?

2:29 PM  
Blogger ftworthtiger said...

Is anybody else listening to f-bum? the fallout is BAD, BAD, BAD.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Barkley is right, AUant. I'm probably the only one here to agree with you, but that doesn't make us wrong.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Sean AKA "Shake N' Bake" said...

Well PR disaster aside, if we end up winning some games next year, I'll be a happy guy. I'd rather have that than have a media darling come in here and stink it up. Let's go get some coaches and some players and get ready to play some football, I'm stoked!

2:30 PM  
Blogger AUant said...

The better question is...What makes you believe it is not? I'm not saying Turner Gill was the best coach out there..however, of the ones that more or less would have accepted the job..based on what has been done on the field as a head coach you can't tell me that Chizik was more accomplished as a head coach.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

I think 80% of the fanbase either believes it is the wrong hire or has serious doubts. 30% of the 80% probably are in wait and see mode; but, they still have serious doubts.

I would say 10% believe it is good.

9% would support Auburn no matter what.

1% loves Auburn football and is sure he is the right guy. Oh, make that 1 person, not one percent.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Klaus said...

Can someone do some homework and find out what meeting Gouge had to be at today?

2:33 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

What if Gill was a bad interview? And Chizik was a better interview?

2:34 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

I am certain it had ZERO to do about race and I am extremely disappointed that Barkley chooses to embarrass himself and Auburn with his comments.

I won't know for a year whether or not Chizik was the "right guy." If he wasn't, it would be because of very poor judgement and incompetence, not race.

2:34 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

What did Charles say that wasn't true?

2:34 PM  
Blogger Just Win AU said...

Guys and gals I fully believe all the negative press we are getting on this hire is going to have a probation like effect on Auburn.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Sean AKA "Shake N' Bake" said...

Negative Press....negative press, you wanna talk about negative press...I just want to win a game!

2:36 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

I am deeply disappointed to learn that Charles Barkley is such a racist. I really never knew.

He even points out in the article why it wasn't a racist hire, namely because he felt Chizik's resume was the worst of all. That is truly sad.

It is people like Charles Barkley that continually damage the reputation of black head coachs by suggesting they should be hired based upon their skin color. How sad.

2:37 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

Here's the fact, neither Gill nor Chizik has coached a game at Auburn yet. Relax. Charles is a windbag, but because he can play basketball and he's loud, he's almost always jumped at by the national media as the "Auburn spokesman". I would rather know what Bo has to say, because he actually PLAYED FOOTBALL at AU.

2:37 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

barkley for gov.-

how about this:
"I think race was the No. 1 factor," said Barkley,

I think he is wrong. I wanted Turner Gill more than Barkley.

2:37 PM  
Blogger Just Win AU said...

Gonna be hard to win games when you have a hard time recruiting guys to play for you because of all the negative press.

2:38 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Klaus - Unless the alleged meeting was life or death he should have been at the presser. Period.

2:38 PM  
Blogger KJtiger said...

You do not think that fbaum was going to give AU a fair shake do you?
Gill did not get the job because:
1. No ties to the southeast. you don't give a guy 3 years to build relationships with HS coaches at a major program.
2. His ties to Nebraska. If he was successful and they wanted him he would have been gone. (i would not blame him)

Believe him or not Chizzle seems like he wants to be in AU. BTW I think Willis has a white wife (not that that matters)

2:38 PM  
Blogger jhc said...

Just my opinion, but I think it's WAY too early to think that it will result in "probation like effect". A solid staff with good credentials and an ability to recruit in the SEC will fix that. Did anyone expect fbum, or anyone else for that matter, to have nice things to say about ANY hire we made?

2:38 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

And no, Gouge should not have been at the presser. He's the president of an ACADEMIC INSTITUTION. Jacobs has a job, and that is to run athletics. Let him do his job, even though he's bad at it.

2:39 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

It doesn't matter if we win the NC next year. The fact remains the Mafia needs to go.

2:40 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

He said he THINKS race is the No. 1 factor. That's his opinion, and he certainly isn't alone.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Klaus said...

So the bottom line is that Auburn should have hired Gill---regardless, because it would have been good PR?

2:41 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

Just Win AU, I agree. Something similar happened to Auburn around 1970 that set the stage for Bryant to be successful.

Auburn had the first black football players on a major sports team in Alabama. Around 1970 coach Jordan told them they had to cut their hair and shave or they were off the team.

Somehow that got transformed into a racist action and Auburn recruiting suffered for years because of it.

This could end up having the same effect. The truth doesn't matter when public opinion comes into play, as evidenced by all the people on here making statements about what Lowder and Dye did with respect to this hire with no facts to back it up. Truth doesn't matter. Just perceptions.

2:41 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Well, JustWin, we'll have to hope they don't listen to the negative press...

2:41 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

yes, some of our former coaches had white wives, some had black wives. Going forward, it's obviously best if we hire coaches who aren't married.

2:41 PM  
Blogger AUant said...

If Gill had bolted to Nebraska, then that to me would mean that he was doing a "GREAT" job at Auburn. That is unless they have Ath Dir that goes out and hires a guy with a losing record.

2:42 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Gouge most certainly should have been at the presser. For many reasons. The CEO must be at first, and most public presentation of the biggest hire made by the company in 10 years.

2:42 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

That's like trying to find a doctor with good penmanship, TarHeel

2:43 PM  
Blogger hip-hopanonymous said...

Bottom line, no one knows why Gill didnt get the job except for the few clowns running the search. Everything else is speculation. It's not good for PR, but we are only 1 of 115 D-1 schools without a black HC. I dont think a recruit will think we are any more racist than any other school in the SEC.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Oh well. Damage done. More years of trying to defend the indefensible.

2:43 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

KJtiger, very well put. I believe that is exactly why Gill didn't get the job. If he had been very successful he wouldn't have been the right hire because he would have bolted to Nebraska. If he wasn't successful, then it is the same thing. It was a no win situation.

That being said, I don't think Chizik was the first choice. My guess is that Muschamp was.

2:44 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Methinks you might be right, Steve

2:45 PM  
Blogger Sean AKA "Shake N' Bake" said...

I think UT, MSU, Syracuse, Washington etc are all racist too. MSU is double racist.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Sean AKA "Shake N' Bake" said...

See how easy that was?

2:47 PM  
Blogger hip-hopanonymous said...

I havent really been following the Gill situation since Saturday.

Has he said publicly that he was not offered the job? Are we sure he wasnt offered the job and then turned it down?

2:47 PM  
Blogger ftworthtiger said...

Just heard that 680 in ATL is reporting that Garner is resigning from UGA...don't know if it's true at all, but I sure hope so, if that means he's coming back to AU.

2:47 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

Monica -

Not trying to get into an argument here, but Auburn is not a company. It's a university. If he was at a meeting that could get us a research grant, that's more important for him to be at because it helps the education at the college, and thus all of our degrees become that much more valuable. Unfortunately, as much as I hate to say it, football success doesn't matter when it comes to getting a job in the real world. Your education does.

2:47 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

good point. Gill possibly being hired away would have been confirmation, that he was the best hire. That, or like Vince before him, he could have told his alma mater that he had a new home.

2:49 PM  
Blogger hip-hopanonymous said...

Exactly, Standing Brad. Auburn is an Institution of Higher Learning that has a football team. Not a football team who built some buildings to educate athletes only.

2:49 PM  
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