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7.24.2009

Auburn is up

AUBURN COACH GENE CHIZIK


  • "I don't like discussing the issues, who we voted for. I don't want to open myself to answering this every time. I did vote for Tim Tebow."

    NOTE: This is a major reversal from what he said 15 minutes earlier.

  • He said Philip Pierre-Louis and Cam Henderson are on the team.

  • He said WR Montez Billings will play this season.

  • He said Dax Dellenbach is gone.

  • He said all fall practices will be closed.

  • He didn't provide much insight into the injuries involving S Mike McNeil, WR Tim Hawthorne, QB Chris Todd (the lingering shoulder issue) and S Aairon Savage.

  • On the expectations to win immediately: "There's pressure everywhere. We put enough pressure on ourselves to be great. I want to be the best at my trade. With that comes self-imposed pressure. The pressure is going to be there no matter what school you're at. It comes with the territory."

  • On Malzahn: "Gus has a great, great record of being balanced. We're on the same page as far as what we want to do in that direction."

  • Chizik has nothing substantive to add about the quarterback situation.

  • On the billboards: "I don't know how the outside world views Auburn ... and specifically Auburn football. Everything we do will be in the direction of promoting Auburn University. We're very proud of Auburn. So are the Auburn people."

  • On SEC vs. Big 12: "There's no great league than the SEC. You've got great players. You've got great coaches. The interest is at an all-time high. I'm extremely happy to be back in this conference."

  • On his reception: "I feel like we have the greatest fans on the planet. I've lived Auburn for three years of my life. The fans are off the chart. Every place that I've gone, my staff and myself have been accepted with open arms. There's excitement in the air. Our fans have been through a lot. Auburn fans are resilient; they keep coming back."

  • On being low-key all the time: "I've got three children and a wife. I get plenty of attention when I go home. I don't need attention. I have to go out and gather attention to myself. This isn't about me; it's about Auburn. It's just who I am. I'm here to draw attention to Auburn in a positive light."

  • On possibly being considered for the UCF job several years ago: "I don't live in the past, honestly. My steps have been ordered. Where I am is where I'm supposed to be. I know there's a bigger plan for my life. (UCF) is obviously not one of those places where I was supposed to coach."

  • On the rising salaries for assistants: "I love it. These guys sacrifice a lot. There's pressure on the assistants to win as well. They feel it. I love the fact that the money for the assistants is starting to rise. It's very valid, in my opinion. We should do all we can do to take care of them and their families. People say, `They make so much money.' They have a higher risk on their job than most people have, too."

  • Is the recruiting pizazz worth it?: "We recruit the right guy for Auburn. If you look at the commitments that we've got, it's because they're the right guy for Auburn. We don't get validated by the outside world's opinion on recruits. I trust what we see. We're not trying to impress anybody."

  • On the influence of Charlie Pell, who coached at Florida when Chizik was a walk-on linebacker: "He was a tough guy, ran a great program. I've been around a lot of others, too. That had an influence on me, yes."

  • On Emory Blake and Dee Benton: "Not one of them have taken a snap at Auburn. I'll simply say they're talented guys in our opinion. It's going to take some time for them to get used to doing all the things you have to do to play in this league. Those two have a lot of talent. We hope they can step up to the plate and help our offense this season. We haven't even had a practice yet. Only time will tell."

  • On Auburn's perch in the SEC: "The SEC West is tough. Every week is a dogfight. Our plan is to contend for a championship in everything we do. We don't think that's outside the realm of possibility. The goal is to win the SEC West. In this league, anything can happen. It's not like SEC West championships are a stranger to Auburn."


THAT'S A WRAP. Next up is ... someone else.

80 Comments:

Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

Chiz?

8:44 AM  
Blogger j-z said...

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8:45 AM  
Blogger Jonesy said...

Reported elsewhere: Chizik has stated that Montez Billings WILL play this year.

8:45 AM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

Spurrier is quoting Pat Dye. funny. "Look around fellas because all of us aren't going to be here next year."

8:46 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Jay G.,

Did you ever get an answer about other players being booted off the team?

8:46 AM  
Blogger michael said...

ATTA BOY, CHIZ! F TEBOW!!!!!

8:48 AM  
Blogger j-z said...

Amen Mikey!

8:50 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

The Tebow thing needs to die.

The 2nd question of the day is about him.

8:50 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Boo, he just reversed his silence. I hoped you were the one, Chiz.

8:50 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

When ESPN flashes up the returning leaders in stats, it's amazingly bad.

Burns 1000 yards passing 2 TD's/7 Int's

Tate 600 yards rushing, 3 TD's

Billings 277 yards receiving

8:51 AM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

Thank you, Coach Chizik.

I wonder why didn't any coach prior to him just unleash fury on the guy asking every coach that question, and get him tossed out of the media room.

8:52 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Sounds like Eddie may get his Rollison wish.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

Since it's media day, this should be appropriate. It's called "Press Hop," and it's a remix of a bunch of press conference memorable moments, like Iverson, TO, Mora, and more.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exOxUAntx8I

8:54 AM  
Blogger James said...

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8:58 AM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

I would like to have heard CGC say something (anything) definitive about the QB situation.

I just hope there is a clear cut starter by the end of fall practice and they there is not a repeat of last years fiasco...

(I hate having multiple Google identities...)

8:59 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Oh no, someone called him "Gene" instead of "coach".

9:00 AM  
Blogger Jonesy said...

"Our fans have been through a lot. Auburn fans are resilient; they keep coming back."

Some of us don't have a choice. Not that I'd choose anybody else, but did he think we were all going to leave?

9:01 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Loved his answer to Ray Melick- I'm not after attention, it's not about me, it's about Auburn

9:01 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Nice question about the Central Florida job, that's relevant.

9:02 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

AUBigCat - Re you're question about the Chizik interview on 740am.

http://www.sportsradio740.com/sports/instant_replay.shtml

9:03 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

RK: Dude is from Orlando. He made that clear. Editors make silly story demands sometimes ...

9:03 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Jay, I think you should address Chizik as. "Mean....WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!......Gene!"

9:04 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

I did like his answer about the UCF job, even if it wasn't a good question

9:04 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I just don't see where that is even a relevant question for a UCF story two years later...but then again maybe he was told to ask that.

9:05 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

On the ESPN video it's funny how every completed pass they show thrown is from Chris Todd.

9:06 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

I hate that "validated by the outside world."

9:08 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Makes sense. Our receivers were stone handed and Todd threw a ball that a 5th grader could catch.

9:09 AM  
Blogger j-z said...

Re: assistant coach salaries Was Chizik a leader in that model, or has this been a growing trend?

9:09 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Is the recruiting pizazz worth it?: "We recruit the right guy for Auburn. If you look at the commitments that we've got, it's because they're the right guy for Auburn. We don't get validated by the outside world's opinion on recruits. I trust what we see. We're not trying to impress anybody."

Is that an accidental reprint from a Tuberville press conference?

9:10 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

Yea RK there was a great little montage of clips from the UT game where we were in our own endzone passing Todd to Trott. Yep, that pretty much sums up the season.

9:10 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

You sayin our receivers didn't pass the 5th grade there houndstooth hat boy?!?!

Sorry 'bout that Michael, not sure what came over me.

9:11 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Stop the presses!!!!

ESPN now knows who didn't vote for Tebow.

We need an Outside the Lines special on this as well as everyone should break into network TV for the announcement.

9:12 AM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

nice work JG.

9:13 AM  
Blogger michael said...

I would never wear houndstooth. Jan Terri, on the other hand, thought it was fashionable. Maybe she was right, look how well she ended up doing.

9:13 AM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

IT WAS SPURRIER!

9:13 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

He said that?

9:14 AM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

Michael...

I think some of our receiving problems could be alleviated by throwing it more in the direction of No. 81. The kid can catch, he just never had that many chance last year...

9:14 AM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

From what I have seen and heard, Chiz is just a st8 up old school military type. I didnt expect any ground breaking information from him, he doesnt tell too much to the media. But nice try anyway Jay.

9:16 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Chizik is awesome...at answering the questions asked by saying almost nothing.

9:16 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

I spent 4 years of highschool wearing houndstooth uniform pants.

9:17 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

OK, so Spurrier is saying he was the one who didn't vote for Tebow, but it was a miscommunication?

9:17 AM  
Blogger michael said...

And now spurrier gets another +1 in my book, like he has steadily been getting the last few years. Now he is just 124 away from getting to the 0 point in my book and making up for all the -1's from the 90's. Not sure if he has enough left in the tank to get there.

9:17 AM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

yup. Spurrier admitted is was his mistake. his director of operations filled out the form, Spurrier glanced at it briefly, and then got the guy to submit it. when Spurrier heard Tebow wasn't unanimous, he asked the guy, "You did vote for Tebow, right?" or something like that.

9:18 AM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

it was funny. you've got to see the video of him explaining it.

9:18 AM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

Tebowgate - YAWN...

9:18 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Spurrier has mellowed with age.

The Steve Spurrier of 1996 would have not voted for him and told everyone in an insulting tone about why everyone else is wrong.

9:19 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Spurrier caving?!?

9:22 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

So who is this Johnny Haircut guy hosting the show on ESPN U?

9:23 AM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

I miss the old Spurrier who said "It's not my job to keep my team from scoring, that's the other teams' coaches job." I know he was/is cocky, but I always enjoyed his brutally honest statements.

9:25 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

When asked how you feel about your team following a 42-0 win over Vandy.

Spurrier: "I feel like we are 42 points better than Vanderbilt."

9:26 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Monica, you have mail - one I just sent and one from yesterday that had question. :)

9:26 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Luv,
Are you feeling any better?

9:27 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

And, how is Geno?

9:28 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

less than impressed with the Auburn student on ESPNU

9:30 AM  
Blogger wes said...

this skype interview is painful

9:31 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

Auburn student?

9:32 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

I hate that I have to be at work today.

9:32 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

ESPN predicting Neil Caudle as starting QB.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

The old Spurrier woulda said ...

"I love Timmy, but when he Je-VAHN hooked up last year, Timmy was left with his Bible in his hand. Didn't seem fair to vote for him.

"My dad was a preacherman, too. Don't seem fair askin' Timmy all these questions about whether he's known a woman. I just hope he makes Kiffin his b----."

9:35 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

RK, I was wondering the exact same thing about that goofy looking host.

And did anyone else think that Auburn student looked like the lead singer of The Hives?

Ah! Billy Mays commercial!

9:35 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Jet!

9:36 AM  
Blogger michael said...

I love to read old Spurrier quotes now. In the 90's, though, I despised him and thought he was a whiner. I too have mellowed with age.

9:36 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

It'll either be Caudle, Rollison or Todd.

I just don't see Kodi Burns ever being the starter again.

9:37 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

Spurrier of the 1990s = Elvis Presley, The King.

9:38 AM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

i hated Spurrier too when i was in college. now i think he's ausome. he's said some funny stuff.

9:38 AM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

Jet, your 9:35 post was fantastic.

9:38 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Cincy, my neck and shoulders are bothering me some and if I spend any amount of time in front of the computer, it just makes it worse. It's hard to stay away from the HABOTN, though!

Geno, is doing great. He doesn't eat a whole lot and he's lost a lot weight, but other than that, he's fine. He's getting his bandages changed today, so we'll know more then about how his degloving injury is healing after surgery.

9:39 AM  
Blogger Goddess said...

Monica has been telling you people it was Spurrier.

9:43 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Not sure I buy that is was a "miscommunication"

9:43 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Great, Boredom all day yesterday and up till my boss showed up at 9:30 and now he is getting ready to leave and I have to miss the Auburn part.

Yepp, Rolling with Rollison '09 is alive and well. Get on board now!

9:44 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

A quote from a team player was given to me last night ... "This team is actually looking forward to two-a-days. Isn't that sick?"

I like when I hear stuff like that.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Goddess said...

Jet - Trott said that on the 740 interview, too. ha I like it.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'm going to blog lightly during Spurrier's chat here in a moment ... aside from his Tebow rant.

I need to get this Auburn stuff handled. I'll post it as I write it.

I WILL be on hand for full coverage with Kiffin.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

MEDIA GUY: Who did you vote for, Coach?

SPURRIER: I mean to vote for Timmy Tebow. Musta been a hanging chad problem. When Urban gets through walkin' on water on the stumps I put down, maybe he can fix that, too.

9:50 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

That makes two, then, because that quote was not from Trott.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Goddess said...

I'm sure lots more than two are saying that.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Goddess said...

Scottie thanks so much for the Gatorsports.com link! Live video here in my office!

10:08 AM  
Blogger Andre said...

Chizik irritates the mess out of me. He gives you these generic answers that are completely meaningless. We know the same about Auburn today as what we knew yesterday, Nothing.

12:21 PM  
OpenID JayAU92 said...

Andre, did you expect him to give you starting lineups and game plans? Since there's been nothing but unsupervised workouts since the end of spring training, what did you think he would have to say? We'll know more when we know more - after two-a-days.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Andre said...

Of course I didn't expect the starting line-up but most of the coaches would name one or two players that they believed would have a big impact on the team. Antonio Coleman actually gave more insight on the team than the coach.

1:18 PM  

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