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12.13.2008

The Official Statement from Auburn

Gene Chizik, a former Auburn defensive coordinator and current
head coach at Iowa State, has been named the head football coach at
Auburn University, Athletics Director Jay Jacobs announced Saturday.

Chizik, who helped Auburn and Texas to consecutive undefeated seasons
in 2004 and 2005, will be formally introduced as Auburn’s 26th head
coach at a press conference Monday.

Chizik, a 23-year coaching veteran, was Auburn’s defensive
coordinator from 2002-04, where he helped guide the Tigers to a 13-0
season in 2004 while earning the Frank Broyles Award as the nation’s
top assistant coach. He also served as the assistant head coach and
co-defensive coordinator at Texas from 2005-06 where he helped the
Longhorns to a perfect season and national championship in 2005.

“I’m extremely proud and excited to have Gene returning to Auburn
to take over as head football coach of this program,” Jacobs said.
“I know that we have found the right fit for Auburn. Gene’s body
of work during his 23 years in this profession is remarkable. He has a
strong knowledge of this athletics program, this university and the
community, and he knows how to be successful in the Southeastern
Conference. He is a high-energy coach that is an outstanding motivator
and demands a tough, physical style of football. I’m confident that
Gene can build upon the foundation that has been established and make
this a program that competes for championships on a consistent
basis.”

During his tenure at Auburn, Chizik’s 2004 defense led the nation in
scoring defense (11.3 ppg) and was fifth nationally in total defense,
allowing just 277.6 yards a contest. In three years at Auburn, Chizik
helped the Tigers to a 30-9 mark including an 18-6 Southeastern
Conference record. In 2003, Auburn’s defense was fifth nationally in
total defense.

In two seasons in Austin, the Longhorns were 22-3 with Chizik. At one
point, he was a part of 29 consecutive victories, which began in 2003 at
Auburn and ended in 2006 at Texas.

Chizik’s reputation as an outstanding teacher is evident by the fact
that he tutored a remarkable three consecutive Thorpe Award winners,
starting with Auburn’s Carlos Rogers in 2004, followed by Texas’
Michael Huff and Aaron Ross in 2005 and 2006.

“Through my travels in coaching over the last 23 years, there’s one
place that I’ve always wanted to return to and that is Auburn,”
Chizik said. “The tradition of the Auburn football program combined
with the passionate fans and their love for Auburn are second to none.
My family and I are Auburn through and through, and look forward to
being part of the Auburn family and community.”

“I am dedicated to working tirelessly to win championships,” Chizik
said. “We will not be outworked in any facet of the building process.
I’m excited to get on the recruiting trail, meeting with the current
players and reconnecting with past players. We want to develop young
men into champions not only on the playing field, but in the classroom
and in the community.”

During his two seasons at Iowa State, the 46-year old Chizik was in the
midst of a rebuilding process, directing the Cyclones to a 5-19 mark.
The Iowa State administration rewarded Chizik’s leadership and vision
for the program by offering him a two-year contract extension following
this season.

Chizik’s first win came against intrastate rival Iowa in 2007, making
him the first Cyclone coach since 1907 to beat the Hawkeyes in his
inaugural season. The 2007 season also included conference wins over
Kansas State and bowl-bound Colorado.

Prior to his arrival at Auburn, Chizik was the defensive coordinator
for four seasons (1998-01) at Central Florida, where he improved a unit
that was 81st nationally in total defense before his arrival to one that
was 16th in the country in 2001.

Chizik spent six seasons at Stephen F. Austin from 1992-97, overseeing
the linebackers (1992-94) and secondary (1995-97). While at Stephen F.
Austin, Chizik helped the Lumberjacks to back-to-back NCAA Division I-AA
playoffs, including a national semifinal appearance in 1995.

He began his coaching career as defensive coordinator (1986-88) at
Seminole High School in St. Petersburg, Fla., before becoming a graduate
assistant at Clemson for a pair of 10-win teams in 1988-89. Chizik’s
first full-time college coaching position came at Middle Tennessee
State, where he helped lead the Blue Raiders to NCAA Division I-AA
playoffs in both of his seasons (1990-91) and to a conference
championship in 1990.

Chizik earned his B.A. degree in education from Florida in 1985 and his
M.A. in guidance and counseling from Clemson in 1991. A Clearwater,
Fla., native, Chizik and his wife, Jonna, have identical twin daughters,
Landry Grace and Kennedy Danielle, and son, Cally.


WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT GENE CHIZIK
Carlos Rogers, Washington Redskins, Former Auburn All-American, 2004
Thorpe Award Winner

“This was the best decision Auburn could have made. Coach Chizik was
like a dad to me. From a player and student point of view he’s exactly
what Auburn needs in a head coach.”


Carnell Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Former Auburn All-American
Running Back

“Coach Chizik is a players’ coach. Even though he was on the
defensive side of the ball, he taught all of us the importance of hard
work. He’s the kind of coach recruits hope to get to play for, and I
think this is a great hire. I’m excited for Auburn.”


Dontarrious Thomas, Minnesota Vikings, Former Auburn linebacker
“Gene Chizik will make a great addition for Auburn. He knows the game
of football and knows how to motivate and relate to young athletes. He
knows how to motivate them to be successful not only on the field but in
the classroom and in the game of life. He will be a blessing for the
players and for Auburn University."

350 Comments:

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Blogger ron mexico said...

on the front of iowa state's rival page is a big picture of turner gill... damn it

9:02 PM  
Blogger wartiger said...

I couldn't find a Chizick 09 so I came back to the HABOTN and still don't know what to do..Take ISU out of it the guy is a winner...

9:03 PM  
Blogger wartiger said...

I meant a Chizik 09 avatar...

9:04 PM  
Blogger hip-hopanonymous said...

Why doesnt the bio tell us what happened in his second season at ISU??

9:04 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Mysterious oversight, I guess.

9:05 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Well, if he is to work tirelessly, he had better start taking amphetamines and get to work right now. If he isn't in Auburn right now, he is wrong.

I just hope that TPTB know something us lumpen proletariats are not aware of.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

"During his two seasons at Iowa State, the 46-year old Chizik was in the midst of a rebuilding process, directing the Cyclones to a 5-19 mark."

Now that's exciting!

9:07 PM  
Blogger Cotton said...

well, I want to bad mouth this. But I'm not going to. Hopefully, Jacobs is smarter than me and has made a great decision. I really hope that's the case.

9:07 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

You know how it is Jay G with editors and all, they cut stuff and you just can't explain it.

9:07 PM  
Blogger Taylor said...

Jay im interested in your take. will he be successful?

9:07 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Jay posted this and I have said it all day. ISU was a bad move for him. That is not a place where winning is consistent at all. Is his record shoddy? Sure. But our D has gone down since he left. Can't deny that.

9:08 PM  
Blogger hip-hopanonymous said...

This really is sickening

9:08 PM  
Blogger wartiger said...

this was the best I could do

9:09 PM  
Blogger AUWade said...

Pretty strong comments from former players in the NFL. Not too surprising though.

They make it sound like he'll be able to recruit well. Does anyone know about his recruiting reputation? I don't remember his name being mentioned with any prize recruits while at Auburn.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'm going to be away from the computer for a bit. Play nice.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Jay G,

You need to call your good friend Nancy Grace and do an expose on this.

9:10 PM  
Blogger hip-hopanonymous said...

Sensi,

you may be right, and I hope you are, but that still doesnt explain the fact that we just hired a guy who was 5-19 in his only stint as HC.

If you went to a job interview and told them that you were currently underperforming at your job, you think they'd hire you?

9:10 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

to me chizik is a better D coordinator than muschamp. He runs alot more cover 2, but he shuts down the run.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenbummer said...

I'm with Denny, if he's not in Auburn right this second talking to people and starting recruiting and coaching staff preparations, he's behind (and I'm mad at him). If he's doing that, good, he's proactive and looking to get off on the right foot (and I'm only mad a Jacobs).

9:11 PM  
Blogger wartiger said...

I guess we can assume to have terrible expectations for next year and then we'll go undeafeated until we lose in the SEC championship costing us a trip to Miami....

9:12 PM  
Blogger AUsome said...

He was "in the midst of a rebuilding" at ISU? The program was in better shape before he got there.

9:12 PM  
Blogger wartiger said...

Hopefully your getting some rest Jay..I took a nap only to wake up to Chizick..Nice...

9:13 PM  
Blogger hip-hopanonymous said...

They had some decent seasons, then one bad season, then Chizik came and stuff hit the fan.

We had some decent seasons, then on bad season, then Chizik came........ to be continued, but it doesnt look good.

9:14 PM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

There is an article on rivals about the hire, headline is Auburn can't count.

9:14 PM  
Blogger AUWade said...

So Tuberville was Tubs or Tubby. What does this make Chizik? Chiz? Chizzy? Or is Chizik short enough of a name?

9:15 PM  
Blogger Cotton said...

does this mean nearly all of the current staff stays, since they were all here w/ Chizik in 02-04?

9:15 PM  
Blogger wartiger said...

Can we confirm if CGC is in AU tonight?

9:15 PM  
Blogger wartiger said...

Does Borges have a job?

9:16 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

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9:17 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

chizik is not in auburn.

9:18 PM  
Blogger hip-hopanonymous said...

I hate this hire, and to make matters worse I'm having to defend it to my Bammer friends/ family.

It's really tough to sell something you dont really believe in...

9:18 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

``Through my travels in coaching over the last 23 years, there's one place that I've always wanted to return to and that is Auburn," That's why he high tailed it out to Texas so fast and left Auburn high and dry.

9:18 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

My husband said, "now you know how I felt when Alabama hired Shula." Yes it is a Bama fan, and even he can't understand this hire.

9:19 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

On what we call Gene Chizik. I say we call him Jeno. Like jeno's pizza rolls, that is one of my favorite snacks. but they give me bad gas, much like this latest hire has done. Ergo, the name JENO.

9:19 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

tigerfan44,

another excerpt from that article:

What the hell Auburn is thinking is anybody's guess. And who cares. Because it just unburdened Iowa State of its most unprepared, overmatched and incompetent head coach of the modern era.

9:19 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

We should have thrown some money at Rich Brooks.

9:20 PM  
Blogger wartiger said...

Peter-Guess you gotta be mad a Chizik and Jacobs huh? I know I am
Finebaum is gonna have a blast with this...

9:20 PM  
Blogger WDEwg said...

I choose Borges for OC over Patrick Nix.

2) Kathy, excellent comment on "loving AU" so much he had to leave the day before Signing Day to take a lateral position at UT.

3) Coach Crum- -Hillarious analogy and nickname for the new coach. Jeno it is

9:21 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

on the other hand, we were all geeked up about Tony Franklin, and we all know how that turned out. So, maybe since we are all bummed about JENO we will win the SEC west next year and play for the SEC championship.

9:21 PM  
Blogger AUWade said...

On the Shula comparison, I get the same feeling. Except, Bama was on probation. What's Auburn's excuse for this hire?

9:23 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Every time I read that AU release, I gag. I feel like this administration constantly insults our intelligence.

9:24 PM  
Blogger WDEwg said...

Coach Crum- -lay off the pizza rolls, they've impaired your judgement.

I still think a ton of the success or failure of this hire now rests on who Jeno hires as OC (or who JJ tells Jeno that Lowder told him to make him hire).

9:24 PM  
Blogger AUWade said...

Denny, If Auburn beats a team they weren't expected to beat, does that mean the other team got Chizzed? (see Croomed) Or do we stick with Jeno-ed?

9:26 PM  
Blogger WDEwg said...

They would get "rolled" like pizza roll

9:27 PM  
Blogger riskman108 said...

when is the press con.?

9:27 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

That's the kind of statement I expected from someone stupid enough to hire an Iowa State reject.

9:27 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

I have to agree with you, not about the impaired judgement, but about the important hires. I have said this once and I will say it again, the OC and related staff will be HUGE.

On a more positive note, I got my HABOTN shirt yesterday and it is hot.

I wonder how much say JENO will have on who the new staff will be. I wonder if that was one of the things that the new HC had to agree to, that is, who his staff is. Maybe Jeno was the only one to agree to letting the PTB pick part of his staff. I know that is speculation, but what the hey.

The only thing I know is that this hire has given me putrid, foul, and very explosive gas.

9:28 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

http://www.coacheshotseat.com/CoachesHotSeatRanking.htm

not updated ofcourse

9:29 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

WAR DAMN EAGLE

I'm behind Coach Chizik!

Guys, let this guy put together a staff.

The Iowa St people being upset that he left tells me he's a great coach and that they hate to lose him.

War Damn Chizik!

------------- rodney garner --------

9:29 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

Jay: I hope you point out on Monday how this hire looks nationally - from a race perspective. Head to head - Gill wins out, as does Patterson, Hoke, Graham, Grobe, etc. AU's going to take a horrible black eye for this hire - and they should.

9:30 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

Jay,

This season gets worse and worse as an auburn fan I am soooooooo depressed...

9:30 PM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

I am all for it look at what Gene Stallings did before Bama and look what he did there. I am all about it.

9:31 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

... sigh ....

9:32 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

ok, ok Chris, I will jump on board. I am in the mood for some combination Jeno pizza rolls. The taste so good when you pop them in your mouth and they hurt so good when the molten filling gives you second degree burns.

9:32 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

A press conference is scheduled for Monday at 2 p.m. It's closed to the public.

Wonder why it's closed to the public?!!

9:32 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

oh don't worry charles barkley will make sure to bring up the race issue... and it won't make us look good i assure you

9:33 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

The Iowa State people are far from upset, the guy had lost ten straight games. Now they're looking at Turner Gill. Time to party there.

9:33 PM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

he needs to get a good OC and we will b set

9:33 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

Have we decided if the whine limit is 24 or 48 hours?

Biytahces

9:33 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

I am going to come to games next year like those two bammer inbreds who have toilet paper rolls and tide boxes. I will have the Costco size Jeno's pizza role boxes and wave them around.

9:35 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Who you calling a Biytahce?

9:35 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

Denny -----

What choicce do you have?

I'll be honest, picking another team like the NFL really doesn't do it for me.

that's just me.

If anyone else wants to jump ship....well

9:35 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

dont make plans next new years we wont be in a bowl. I have been on the phone all day and night saying I am not happy and I think its a terrible hire. I cant explain it. Is Jacobs tenured in 3 years? ,....thats when Chizik will be fired.

9:35 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Should we celebrate? The athletic director says money is no object, then hires someone worse than Tuberville.

Woo hoo

9:36 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

Jacobs has put Chizik in a no-win situation. He'd better win very early and very often. No mulligans.

9:37 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

Barkley I agree...we got no one close to tubbs experience or pedigree...its a mid-major hire..if that...I thought Clemson and UT made bad hires..boy was I wrong

9:37 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

No.

But do you feel better sitting at your computer doing EXACTLY what you're doing?

Ok, I'm done.

Make sure to keep up the good work NON-BLOG geeks.

9:38 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

This has got to be a first. A team hires a new coach, and there are hecklers and protestors at the airport. No one waiting to give them a warm welcome. Have to feel sorry for Chizik and his family. Hope they don't read the boards.

9:38 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

Brad thats the problem, do you think Auburn fans will be patient now, huh? hell no, Chizik wins the west or he has to answer, not after all this with Tubbs, its a fact, Tiger fans will stay away in droves, you and I both know it

9:39 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Denny---I like your thinkin'--JENO it is.

Ignore the Bammers. They are going to jab at us no matter who we hire. In fact if you go ahead and agree with them, then they can't say more without repeating themselves.

PF--his show is only geared to create controversy---who cares. I've listened enough to him now to realize that he doesn't even know Xs and Os. He is just a rumor monger.

I'm thinking by the time of the announcement on Monday, we need to have the wagons circled and all pull together.

Until then, if anyone comes up with a master plan to get rid of the same Ol' PTB that finally got xCTT and did this...let's hear it...I'm up for it.

Hopefully the forthcoming campus protests will be held on Sunday afternoon and not on the day of the announcement. That would be disrespectful to CGC.

9:39 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

oh, I'm not jumping ship, far from it. Just give me a few days and I will be thinking of ways that we are going to win. I won't ever pick another team, ever.

THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.- The Crisis by Thomas Paine.

9:39 PM  
Blogger Bear82 said...

well, it has happened. it is starting to sink in. I personally will get behind him and support our new HC (for now) until he proves to me he should not be supported. Background of Central FL, Clemson, AU, TX, yeah, as an asst, but experience nontheless, maybe he will be okin the area of recruiting. we'll have to wait and see. But, as I stated, I will support him until he gives me reason not to. All others are, of course, entitled to their opinions... WDE

9:39 PM  
Blogger AUWade said...

Maybe if he does well at Auburn, he can sneak that head coach in waiting job out from under Muschamp.

9:39 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

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9:39 PM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

I am fine with the hire he needs a good oc give him time

9:39 PM  
Blogger hip-hopanonymous said...

I still think this is better than Tubbs.

What's worse? Going 2-10 in your second season at a bottom tier Big 12 school, or going 5-7 after 10 years at a middle-to-top tier SEC school?

Tough call.

9:40 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Uhhhhh, giving my opinion? Yeah, I do feel better. If it made me feel worse I wouldn't come to Jay's site.

If it makes it feel like you're a better fan running around saying WAR DAMN CHIZIK, then you go for it buddy.

9:40 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

Kathy, dont feel sorry he has to know we(the fans) wanted someone else, he is not stupid, he couldnt turn down the money, when he is fired he will be paid nicely.

9:41 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

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9:42 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

True, money does make it easier for him. What about us?

9:43 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

Wow! I love how fast they were able to get comments from former AU players. Doesn't Carnell have a game tomorrow?

9:43 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

Chris...dude chill its 9:43 on a saturday and you are on the internet as well, we all are.

9:44 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Didn't those player comments reassure you?

9:45 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

chilled.

I guess I'm in "defend Auburn against Bammers" mode.

Sad its here.

9:45 PM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

Chris I am glad to see someone looking at this positive and Denny I hope you come around and you sound like a great AU fan for giving it a few days and getting be hind him.

9:46 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

Its nothing personal against Chizik, he once was an Auburn man. Great coordinator, just not a good coach. its simple.

We will be in a funk for a few years, maybe if texas coach mack borown hasnt retired, muschamp will be tired and take the job. ha.

9:46 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Chris...easy on the whine complaints. We listened to you pound on CTT for months while he was swimming against the destructive PTB currents.

IMO, this is ANOTHER PTB issue. I just hope CGC isn't a lackey.

9:46 PM  
Blogger Bear82 said...

kathy, they reassured me, and if I were on AU's staff, i would DEFINATELY take those statements into a recruit's home and show them those comments from former AU guys in "the league" who CGC helped get there. (Except Caddy)

9:47 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

Not getting behind him isn't a choice for some Auburn people.

9:47 PM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

Denny, you don't think he should meet with his players before skipping town?

You don't expect him to organize to bring his family to Auburn?

This could very well be a better choice that Gill. Overall, Chizik seems to be a more proven coach, although I do think Gill has to get the recruiting edge. I do think Chizik is more likely to be willing to be a long term coach, which we need.

hip-hopanonymous, a lot of our candidates had absolutely no head coaching experience at all.

ron, Chizik's defense was very impressive, although he had a lot of talent to work with. His defenses didn't give up as many big plays as Muschamp's did. Muschamp didn't have as much talent though. Rhoads has the talent and eliminates big plays, but stopping the run needed work.

I think the comments from NFL players he coached will be hug in terms of recruiting.

I can't believe people are judging the guy before he has stepped on campus. Judge him by what he does. This is kind of ridiculous and very Bammeresque. The ignorant redneck at the airport really helped.

9:47 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

i am an auburn fan, die hard life long, season ticket holder,...but i just dont like the hire..its might right. I am not unAuburn for feeling so. :)

9:48 PM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

look at what Gene Stallings did before Bama and look what he did there.

9:48 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

Hoopie - an example where you had to listen/read anything about CTT for months?

The topic?

9:48 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

So we were so off base on who the next head coach would be, do we dare speculate who might be the next OC and DC?

9:49 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

guys you are missing the point.

We all agree coaching hires are 50/50. They either bomb or they work.

Yes, we wont know till next fall. But I can say I dont like the hire. I might be wrong, but I can still say for 9 more months I dont like the hire.

9:51 PM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

My hope had been for the new hire to create excitement throughout the Auburn family, to inspire confidence back into the football program, and be something (selfishly) that as a fan I could be proud of.

This hire does none of those things IMO.

Having said that, for better or worse, this man is the new HC and we should support him. I for one can't wait to see what kind of staff he starts to assemble.

My fear is that Auburn is about to enter a new "Barfield" era. I pray that I am wrong...

9:51 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

Kathy, being so offbase on this hire says to me we were so off base in saying Tommy Tuberville didn't decide he was done.

Not the other way around.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Hip-hop...we are in for several 5-7 seasons. This will take a while to correct IF he is the right guy.


Top CFB teams usually go through 2-4 coaches before they replace a tenured good one.

9:51 PM  
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--
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9:51 PM  
Blogger hip-hopanonymous said...

My only problem with this is our perception regionally/ nationally which WILL affect recruiting.

People were already on us for firing a coach who won 87 games (ignoring the mediocrity, but that's another story). We HAD TO hire someone who would be good for our image and be sort of a lightning rod for good pub, and hopefully even better coaching.

what did we do? Hire a guy who is 5-19 in two seasons, legitimize all those people in the media who said we wouldnt get anyone better, and hire a guy who gives them ample ammo to prove their point.

I dont dislike Chizik and hope he does well. Just expect to be the laughing stock of sports radio for the next several months. And watch recruits go elsewhere.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

Brad, what huge black eye did Auburn get with this hire? The guy hasn't coached a game at Auburn yet. So far just a bunch of couch potato fans whine about not getting the coach they want. That isn't a black eye for Auburn. It is a black eye for the fans.

9:51 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

Kathy, please dont give me a headache, base on how we screwed the head coach search up, i dont want to imagine how we will screw that up as well. ha

9:52 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Look the bottom line is that I think there were better candidates out there (muschamp not being one of them). Now that being said, once the decision has been made, I will support it and do my best to help Auburn out like the simple old Auburn fan that I am.

Jeno is my man and if I were ever to meet him, I would shake his hand, look him in the eye, and tell him, quite earnestly, that if there is anything I can do to help him or make Auburn better, he can count on me.

I will continue to make my donation to the GAF and buy my tickets. This is our program, and until I hit the lottery, I can't change the PTB.

9:52 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

Barfield was a High School coach -- like Gerry Faust.

Please try and look at what he's done as a college football coach.

yes, he lost at Iowa St -- He brought that program to its knees from middle of the pack Big 12 stauts.

Can he coach or not. I'm sorry. I guess I'm, in defend mode.

I KNOW I AM.

I need to apologize - peiod, but that's a reflex.

9:54 PM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

Denny,

I think it's time for a glass or two of that Eagle Rare.

9:54 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

Top CFB teams usually go through 2-4 coaches before they replace a tenured good one

Excpet for the ALMIGHTY and POWERFUL Tommy Tuberville at Auburn.

He was in the SECCG in 2 yrs.

9:56 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Chris...you whined about him and wanted him fired for months.

If I am confusing you with someone else, I'll apologize now. But your shots at CTT that continue even today seem very familiar.

9:56 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

right we are all on one side of the fence, sorry chris, I have a right to not like the hire. I dont think its the fit we need. So far out of my 15 friends and family tonight, none have texted, called or emailed and liked it either. Not Chiziks fault he walked into a buzzsaw at auburn.

9:56 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

I am soooooooooooooo excited, cant wait to renew my tickets, talk to my friends, go to work monday, all the good things that happen with a good hire...sarcasm..lol.

9:58 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

Steve: It'll all be tied to race. That's the black eye that's coming our way. It's coming. Get ready.

9:58 PM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

Give him time

9:58 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

SFC,

He should meet with the players. At the money he has and the support that Auburn provides, he should have an administrative assistant take care of those details. He is married, surely she can organize a house, get movers in, and so forth. Takes 10 minutes to meet with players, takes another few minutes to pack a few things, and then you can be on a jet, enroute, calling recruits and coaches on the way. Get into the coaching complex, drop your stuff, get the admin assistant to buy stuff, you need that you didn;t bring from Iowa, get up, go to church, get to work.

Again, at the kind of money he is being paid, why not. I would.

9:58 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

This actually makes me miss the good ole days of the Tony Franklin offense.

9:58 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

Chizik was here in 2004, what he hired the old staff, bbq boys, omg the irony...lol. It would only fit right, the way we have been headed.

9:59 PM  
Blogger FSJ-Midnight Mover said...

How does no monetary constraints = Gene Chizik. Sorry if this has been answered already. I'm just now getting caught up.

9:59 PM  
Blogger Roman said...

I understand that some here have trouble with posts that run paragraphs (as opposed to single sentences) but I find that complex thoughts and observations require more than "This sucks!" or "I'm not sending my $4.75 yearly contribution to Auburn!" to express. So here goes...

First, despite the fact that JGT has said repeatedly that Tuberville was not fired, a great many appear not to get it. But understanding that fact is imperative if you are to begin to understand why Tuberville chose to resign and why coaches like Tuner Gill (hardly embraced with unanimity) and Gene Chizik have been considered and, in the case of Chizik, hired.

Tuberville, denials from many fans and even sports writers notwithstanding, was not a great recruiter, at least not past the class that gave us Carlo, Carnell, Ronnie and Jason. The talent cupboard at AU may not be bare, but it is hardly fully stocked. This is especially true on the offensive side of the ball. And that, as much as anything, is why Tuberville decided to get out now. He wanted to preserve his legacy. He wanted people to remember the good seasons. The reason he wanted them to remember is because he looked around the SEC at Bammer, Ole Miss, UGA and even Arkansas (which was pitiful this year but still managed to beat Tuberville's AU squad) and he knew he was behind. He knew that this season was not a fluke, that staying another year would have produced a similar result. AU under Tuberville, like it or not, had become a program in decline...even if most fans didn't know it.

A "proven" coach would have been expected to be a miracle worker. If he didn't come in and win BIG right away, fans (many of whom appear to know less than nothing) would have been up in arms. There would be no opportunity to rebuild -- and rebuilding is what we are facing -- without being saddled with enormous unmeetable expectations.

Coaches like Gill and Chizik have good pedidgrees but so far are basically unproven at this level. That is both a negative and a positive thing. It's negative because you can't be sure that they will be up to the job. It's positive because they are not saddled with high expectations.

Gene Chizik took a job at ISU that he probably should have passed on. I was shocked when he accepted that position and quite frankly expected him to fail. Two years isn't enough time in that program (which was also in decline) to make a judgment one way or the other. But Gene Chizik is a very good coach and AU, in decline or not, is not Iowa State.

Without the unrealistic expectations that would come with a "rock star" head coach, Chizik will have a year or two to right the ship without excess pressure from the administration regardless of what the fans say or do. In the end, I expect that he will do just fine. He's a better coach that Tommy Tuberville and I believe he is ready for the challenge.

Stallings had a losing season in his first year at Bama. By year three he had the Tide playing for the national championship. Chizik probably won't have AU in the BCSCG in year three, but he will certainly have us further along than a worn out Tommy Tuberville would.

If you are an AU fan, get behind the university and the choice that university has made for a new head coach. Tuberville is gone. We're on a new chapter now.

War Eagle!

10:00 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

Well as I did my Christmas shopping today my phone blew up like never before about the hire. I would askwat the vibe from HABOTN is but I would be afraid computer servers across the globe would go in meltdown with all of the explative and sickening comments. So with that being said...WAZZZZZZ UP????

10:00 PM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

A great OC hire will do wonders for support for chizik but hire some coordinator who we don't know and it will be long 9 months.

On another note I look forward to seeing his defense. If he can recruit, defense could be very dangerous.

10:00 PM  
Blogger scottatl said...

here is all i need to know...Dan McCartney has some success at Iowa State which is a wasteland for college football and CGC went there and made it into one of the worst teams in college football. Hoke is going to love coming into Auburn and kicking our butt first game next year. What a Joke...now i dont know the big level donors but I do know numerous donors 50 - 500k per year and not a one of them are happy.

10:01 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

bigdaddy334-sorry man..its 2009, this is the win now conference, no time for time, if chizik doesnt win the west in 3 years or less he will be fired. thats a fact.

10:02 PM  
Blogger Cotton said...

Chizik was good as a DC here. But, I just don't understand why we let Tuberville get away for this...

10:02 PM  
Blogger AUMom said...

Auburn has changed its coaching page to reflect the changes. I don't know what it signifies, if anything.

I guess they had Chizik's picture from 2004

10:02 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Check Oklahoma after Barry Switzer..3-4 bad coaches and 10 years.

USC after Robinson the first time to Carroll. Around 12 years and 4coaches.

UGA after Dooley: 2 coaches-10years.

Miami is the only team I can find that has avoided this pattern.

10:03 PM  
Blogger scottatl said...

Roman,

I disagree...at the college level it is more about the X's and O's ( why can Boise State beat Oklahoma) saying that, CGC would have had some success at Iowa St....if you talk to people at ISU their program had basically fallen apart under his direction....welcome to the dark ages

10:04 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

Don Dunn is on that page. So can we confirm that Dunn did not take a job at Syracuse?

10:04 PM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

oposer, what a wonderful example of a fair wheather fan. Thanks.

hip-hopanonymous, it was a given that we couldn't hire anyone better. No big names were available and if they were, they certainly would head to Auburn where we fired one of our most successful coaches. It just wasn't going to happen.

We were already a laughing stock and the laughter just got louder when Saban chased Tuberville off in his second season.

As for those that support Gill, what did he say during his interview that said he had a plan for Auburn that you would support? What did he say when asked about his future plans and if he would entertain an offer from Nebraska if it came?

What did Chizik say in his interview that bothers Auburn fans so much? What was his plans for the coaching staff? Who is he planning on bringing in? Why do you disagree with his plan for Auburn?

Or do we believe that interviews aren't important and that we should decide our head coach based upon oppinion on message boards?

10:05 PM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

Pat,

That's been the same reaction from the 30 or so Auburn people that I have spoken with tonight, and that is the one thing about this hire that troubles me the most.

There is ZERO excitement from the fan base because of this. It appears that most of us are cringing or secretly crossing our fingers, praying that this thing works out. From a PR perspective, at least in the short term, JJ has laid an egg.

However, PR doesn't win ball games, good recruiting and coaching does. As a fan and supporter, I have to give CGC the benefit of the doubt until he proves otherwise.

P.S. - Roman, you make a good point about a worn out TT. CGC, if nothing else, should bring some fire and energy back into what appeared to be football program in desperate need of a lifeline.

10:05 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

Chris in ATL, same here I know in Dothan there are lots of those die hard mid level sized donars and they were all suprised and not happy. Surprised they all said, none of the sources had Chizik on the radio before today, which is strange. I think we got desparate.

10:06 PM  
Blogger scottatl said...

POLL:

chances the stadium is full first game next year?

i say 50/50

10:06 PM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

Roman...
Chizik probably won't have AU in the BCSCG in year three, but he will certainly have us further along than a worn out Tommy Tuberville would.

Why would you not expect to be in BCSG by year 3. If Chizik is good shouldn't be a problem.

10:06 PM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

scottatl, Chizik got a two year contract extension at Iowa State this season. Why? Judging him by two years at Iowa when he was playing with another coaches players is kind of ridiculous.

10:06 PM  
Blogger scottatl said...

James in Bham,

You mean the same energy and improvement CGC brought to his last head coaching job? Auburn is not a training ground....Wyoming, Samford and Ole Miss were but not Auburn

10:08 PM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

Steve great points about Nebraska and same goes for Texas and muschamp.

10:08 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I think the stands will be full for the 1st game. The outcome will decide the 2nd game attendance....

10:08 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

BTW....like I sais last week. No matter who we hire, we should give them 4 years. I just don't think that the complainers/PTB will wait that long if he doesn't produce early.

The article written by Tony Barnhart that advised AU to come up with a completely different product instead of trying to beat CNS at his own game makes the most sense. It's too late for that. A Gill or Johnson hire was our chance for that.

10:08 PM  
Blogger AUMom said...

I dread meeting the Bammers tomorrow at church and I live in SC.

Having said that, I will also say that I pull for Auburn. There are young men who are going to represent our school on the playing field in 9 months. I say the stands will be full because that is who the Auburn family is.

10:09 PM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

tigerfan44, Chizik, like all of our candidates, is young and inexperienced. Think more long term. In four or five years hopefully we will contend in the west. Give it another 5 to possibly be on a national scale. It is the nature of hiring a young coach.

10:09 PM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

Scott,

I think just having new blood period will bring in some energy and life to the program itself (not the fan base), at least initially - doesn't matter who it is. Whether or not it lasts any amount of time is another thing.

CTT was tired and it showed.

10:10 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Chuck Barris where are you?
Gong JJ

10:11 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

I don't want to compare us to UAT but I will in this case I feel that there is some legitimacy. In 199- UAT hired a coach by the name of Gene Stallings who many of the fans were not happy with because of a 27-45-1 as a collegate head coach (7 years at TX A&M) and a 23-34-1 record as a head coach in the NFL. He went on to a 62-25 (70-16-1 if the 1993 forfeits are disregarded) record as the Head Coach of the Tide including 4 births in the SECG and 1 NC. Just saying, let's give the guy a shot.

10:11 PM  
Blogger scottatl said...

Steve,

you are the most optimistic guy on this blog which i appreciate so your comments are expected. But are you telling me that if you were told in November, CGC will be our coach in 09 you would have been happy? The guy got skunked in the big 12 this year and didn't play Oklahoma or Texas...Art Briles (a guy we should have looked at) beat the hell out of him 2 years in a row. ......btw who cares if his results are with other peoples players.....Bob Stoops won his NC with john Blakes players and Nick Saban went 12-1 with Mike Shula's players

10:12 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Herbstreit thinks it is an outstanding hire.

10:12 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

Ok, I'll wake up all Chizik happy.

10:13 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

Kathy, Care to expand?

10:14 PM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

Hoopie, I have mentioned before that recovering from Tuberville being fired is a process that will take at least 4 years to recover from and possibly as much as 25 years.

Getting rid of Tuberville destroyed much of the national image we had developed. A one season blip turned into a long time scar for the program.

It could be healed in 4 or 5 years. Near term, we could be pretty competitive this coming season if we don't lose the recruits and players to the NFL. We also must secure a good coaching staff, which is actually more important thann who is the head coach. That is a lot of ifs.

10:14 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

I go to games to watch football and meet up with friends. All of the bandwagon folks can pack up and leave now as far as I'm concerned.

I grew up a Bammer and became an AU fan in 1976. For the young ones here that was during Barfield and in the middle of Bama's 9 game win streak. Maybe AU needs this to purge the whiners. Maybe it will also purge the real problem....the PTB.

10:14 PM  
Blogger scottatl said...

James,

Well if new blood and a boost to the program is our aim, this was not the answer.

10:14 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

HERBIE APPROVES IT! yeahhh

10:15 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Just interviewed Kirk Herbstreit on ESPN. He thinks Chizik is a great coach and great person. He congratulated Auburn and said he was a great hire. No joke. He really did!

10:15 PM  
Blogger Kirk Lazarus said...

Iowa State football coach Gene Chizik addresses the loss to Baylor, Phillip Bates transfer and preparing for Nebraska

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kf7rLF63gY

10:16 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

I think this could be a very good hire. Willing to eat my crow if necessary I will say that I believe it will pan out to be a great replacement for CTT.

10:16 PM  
Blogger scottatl said...

SFC,
4 to 5 years to compete? Not in today's college football

10:17 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

I knew it - Herbstreit's a bammer!

10:17 PM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

scottatl, if told in November, I would have been absolutely shocked. The destruction caused by Tuberville being fired made a hire like this very likely. It was plain from the candidate list that this was the type of hire we were going for.

As for Iowa State, Chizik's record there is pretty much meaningless. He wasn't there long enough to bring in his own players and apparently Iowa State liked him. They game him a two year contract extension after this season. Apparently they didn't see the HC as being their issue. I am not sure why so many here seem to have better knowledge than his bosses at Iowa State.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

scottatl, 4 to 5 years is a given unless we wish to damage the program further.

10:18 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

it's still true?

10:19 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

what's the difference between Will Muschamp and Gene Chizik as far as a hire?

Besides the national championship ring?

10:20 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Yep Monica, it's official. How was your party?

10:20 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

JD,


I disagree with only one thing you say. The forfeits should be counted. Playing with an ineligible player is CHEATING. Therefore, it is a loss.

I just want to see the new staff, that's all. Not that I will be disappointed. I just want to see the staff so I can envision our wins next year. I don't see a 5-7 year. I think we will do better, I know the schedule doesn't favor us, but I think that if he comes in and brings some energy to the program, continues to pay attention to grades and kids going to class, keeps up the discipline, then we will be alright. I just don't want to see players that screw up NOT get punished like at some other schools. Jeno has got to maintain discipline while at the same time getting the kids to buy into what he is doing. I think the Defense is ready. Offense will be a huge rebuilding effort. The players will be looking at him hard to see what he is all about.

Another thing, I sure don't want to hear IS references from Jeno like we had Troy references from the hobo we hired as a OC. What worked at Troy, didn't work at Auburn, nothing worked at IS, so please don't mention how you did this or that. Texas references are ok, but please keep them to a minimum. Let's just all pretend like Auburn is your first real HC job and IS was some bad dream.

10:21 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Chris,

CHizik is a much better hire than Muschamp.

10:22 PM  
Blogger scottatl said...

SFC,

'as for Iowa State, Chizik's record there is pretty much meaningless'


you are kidding right? How did urban meyer win at Bowling green and Utah.....steve spurrier at duke, jim grobe at wake forrest, paul johnson at navy, nick saban at toledo, houston nutt at boise state, .....you win and you move up to don't LOSE and get a better job

10:23 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

I'm sick. Just sick. And not shocked at all once the shock wore off. Damn. That's all I can say. I don't know what TO say. this is a "splash" hire ... I was just hoping it wouldn't be a belly flop.

10:23 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

All is well...Big Brother ESPN has blessed our choice.

10:24 PM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

Chris I appreciate you reasoning. You sound like most of will Monday, but not before.

10:24 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Let's just all pretend like Auburn is your first real HC job and IS was some bad dream.

Ok Denny, that is what I'll do...

10:24 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Hoopie,

I have been a Auburn fan since 1974. Similiar pedigree. Even though Terry Bowden did his best to change my attitude, I stuck with Auburn because it is Auburn.

10:24 PM  
Blogger FSJ-Midnight Mover said...

JD:

The good thing is that we will know in seven years whether Chizik can match Stallings' success in the SEC.

10:24 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Mon..How much wine?

10:25 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Phred, you didn't hear? Herbie said we're gonna be ok, it's all good.

10:25 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

wait a minute....

The guy who everyone's all worried about LEAVING just got mf'ing PUNKED 36-0.

THIRTY-SIX to ZIP.

This after......36 points to no points at all -- after winning 6 straight.

This after winning six straight and holding up 7 fingers -- and 8 I think.

What's the best way to illustrate 36 to nothing?

************************************

to

---------------------------------


36 stars carries across the entire screen.

Yeah, bring back Tommy Tuberville and the entire staff he demanded to be retained.

10:26 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Party was great, Kathy. Thanks for asking. The best part was only thought about the Chizik once.

I just saw that clip of Jay Jacobs being heckled at the airport. Good grief.

10:26 PM  
Blogger Kirk Lazarus said...

i'm just worried about whats going to happen to Golden Flake

10:26 PM  
Blogger FSJ-Midnight Mover said...

Anybody got the link to the clip of Jacobs being heckled?...

I haven't seen it yet....

10:27 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Guess what guys? Gene is a tough SOB and were about the shock those fookers across the state. Give me the kool aid because gene aint backing down.

Hey bama, our hire was so backwards and out of space that its about to be the best thing we've ever done. Boo yeah

10:27 PM  
Blogger FSJ-Midnight Mover said...

Bartender:

I'll have whatever this guy had..

10:28 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Hoopie- Yes, I've had a bit of wine tonight. Counting the number of glasses would be crass. (buy that?)

10:28 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

as far as that's concerned -- Jay JAcobs is a tough SOB.

Anyone else ehere gone through a Pat Dye practice?

Or maybe a Pat Dye spring training?

10:29 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

faker

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7TxIMAwc1k

10:29 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Here you go fsj

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7TxIMAwc1k

10:30 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

i love herbie

10:30 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

Anyone else feel better if Rodney Garner is at the Presser on monday?

10:30 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Nobody will be able to top the CTT Golden Flake commercials. My advice to Jeno is not even to try. When CTT was holding those bags of Golden Flake to get those players to run to the endzone, tears came to my eyes. Sir Laurence Oliver could not have done better. I went out and bought cases and cases of chips.

Now, if you will excuse me, my Pizza rolls are ready and I must get them out of the oven before they burn.

10:30 PM  
Blogger scottatl said...

Who cares how tough jay jacobs is?

10:30 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

Denny,

I have to come clean I copied and pasted that part of his record from wikipedia. I agree that those losses should count (some bammer probably wrote that). My whole point was that a guy who was not a popular hire by UAT and had a horrible track record as a HC ended up becoming one of the legendary coaches in that program's history.

10:31 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

I feel awesome Chris!

10:31 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

tebow wuz robbed

10:32 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

That is why I agree with you. I just pointed out the ineligible player because I like to point out Bammer cheating at every opportunity.

10:32 PM  
Blogger wartiger said...

How's was the party Mon?

10:33 PM  
Blogger FSJ-Midnight Mover said...

thanks for the links..

10:33 PM  
Blogger KJtiger said...

"10 tickets for thirty years out the door". That was classic!

10:33 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

I don't like the hire, but that clip makes me feel sorry for Jacobs.

10:33 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

yeah how was the party, you didn't lose your shirt after all that wine did you?

10:34 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

no no no no no.

But does doing what I do make me an authority of hiring a football coach?

No.

Oh wait.

A retort.

Yes, you've convinced me. I strongly believe Jay Jacobs is a boffon and isn't doing what he thinks is best.

I feel better guys.

10:34 PM  
Blogger Kirk Lazarus said...

foreshadowing?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sn83kPs5ls8

10:34 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Monie, thanks for the link.
I think the heckler rattled JJ.
Is it just me, or did JJ have the "oh crap, did I just screw up?" look on his face?

10:35 PM  
Blogger wartiger said...

yeah I bet someone a buck that Tebow would win..just hasn't been my day..though that nap was nice..

10:36 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

no.

He just had the "Everyone I thought was on my side just jumped ship" -- great showing!

10:36 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

posted this on rivals but we have now replaced mississippi state in the way we title victories. instead of claiming being croomed we can say we chizzed on em...

10:36 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I thought JJ looked like he was about to barf, too.

10:36 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

party was fun - came home in the same clothes i left in - greg makes me stay dressed,party pooper

10:37 PM  
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