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Gene Chizik speaks

Hey everyone. I intercepted Your Head Coach, in a matter of speaking, at the Montgomery Quarterback Club's awards banquet earlier this evening.

I spent a few minutes with Gene Chizik and asked him some stuff.

I didn't have enough time to get a flow going -- he was a very popular guy at the country club -- but you're the HOTTIES and I don't want to default on my promises.

So here are my questions and his answers.

Q: Do you worry about the pressure on Cam Newton, considering he's a five-star guy whom some people see as a savior?
"I don't worry about the pressure on Cam because he's been there and done that. He knows that winning the job requires a mixture of hard work and studying -- a lot of it on his own. He's a guy who is older. He understands all that. I don't worry about him. The guys who come along at that position understand that it's all part of the deal. I don't think he's an exception to that at all. It comes with the territory."

Q: Does it give him an advantage by being kind of forgotten or overlooked in the past? He's had to fight his way back, right?
"To some extent, yes, and he's hungry. He's focused. I don't think that gives him an advantage over the guys who were on campus because they're the same way. None of them started a game last year. Some of them have age and experience under their belt; some more than others. It doesn't hurt him that he's been there and done that."

Q: Trooper Taylor and Curtis Luper were rated among the nation's top 20 recruiters by on Monday. Is that an odd thing to see as a coach considering how important recruiting is to your entire staff?

"That's great for them. It's a recognition they deserve. They're very good at what they do. With that said, we recruit as a team. We recruit as a village. That's how we do it. If some guys get isolated for what they do, they get some awards, that's great. At the end of the day, everybody on your staff knows it's a team deal. They all carry their weight in different ways."

Q: Is there a different feel at these club meetings now? Can you sense a different level of anticipation or enthusiasm from the supporters?
"I think they're excited. I want them to be excited. I want them to be realistic about where the program is versus where we're headed. They need to understand that this is a work in progress. I want them to be excited about the future. That's good because I think the future is very bright."

Q: Auburn landed a commitment the day after Signing Day and again this weekend. Is the landscape and timetable of recruiting changing as dramatically as it seems?
"There's no off time anymore. It's a 24-7 deal, 365 days per year and it never stops. If we're not communicating with a recruit and building that relationship, someone else is. Across the country, there's a little bit of this early-commitment thing going on everywhere and it was certainly that way when we were at Texas. We were kind of out in front of everybody at that point. They haven't slowed down in that regard. I think a lot of people have caught up to that or at least closed the gap."

Q: Was that something Mack Brown was pushing on you all?
``I don't know that he was pushing it. We just wanted to get commitments when the commitment was ready to pull the trigger. Some of those kids know early. If they're ready, let's get it finished. That was the thought. It's got to be the right time. It's not something that should be rushed."


Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Substance is day to day

10:23 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...


10:23 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

'Sup dudes.

Late work appreciated.

10:24 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

That is seriously good Substance, JGT. Thanks!

10:25 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Wow. Verbose even.

10:25 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Yep I appreciate it JGT.

I will still be requesting all of my monies back however.

10:26 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'll have some good mid-afternoon substance tomorrow ... and a live blog from AUBURN-GEORGIA men's hoops.

Caps used to create drama associated with an otherwise forgettable matchup.

10:26 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Great work JayG.

Much appreciated by this Hottie.

10:28 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Thanks for hanging around, peeps!

10:28 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Don't sleep on UGA. They're on the up and up.

Wish I could say the same about us.


10:28 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I saw/met a bunch of HOTTIES at tonight's shindig.

It was nice seeing everyone ...

10:29 PM  
Blogger jhag said...


10:29 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Good read, JG... intriguing questions, solid answers.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I'd love to have been there.

10:33 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Caps, man. That is a dangerous arsenal you've got my friend.

10:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice Job JG:

After CGC mentioned that recruits should take their time and not rush committing, it had to be mighty tempting to ask him if recruits should take other visits after committing.

I doubt that CGC would have bit on the question, but it had to be tempting.

10:36 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

The Chiz seems to offer a little more meat and clarity with his answers in the one on one setting. Nice work bruh.

Starting Tuesday, I'll be a full time hottie again for the next two or three weeks as I recover from the back surgery I'm having on Monday. Too bad there's not a whole lot to talk about right now. When does spring practice start?

10:43 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

PP...good luck with surgery man.

10:46 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Hey Phred, I hope that the surgery is a piece of cake with a very successful, short, recovery period. Very nice work Jay G.

11:30 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

superterrific happy time!

11:55 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

super bowl champion new orleans saints

11:58 PM  
Blogger weagle251 said...

chip chip, I've been calling my Falcons fan buddies and saying, "Hey, you remember that time? When Tracy Porter stepped in front of Reggie Wayne and took it to the house? Yeah, that was AWESOME!"

12:05 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Early morning substance! Thanks, Jay G!

Good Hump Day Morning, Hotties!

5:09 AM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

Nice surprise this morning finding this tidbit JGT. Thanks for burning the midnight oil.

5:35 AM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

I wish Chizik had chose these words differently......We recruit as a village..... Reminds me of a certain Clinton invoking a gag reflex.

5:37 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I hate that football season is 7 months away. I'm ready to start it all over again.

5:59 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

LT ...

Look at it this way, he meant "We'll secondarily violate again this summer when we have Big Cat Weekend at Toomer's Corner in downtown Auburn ... also known as the Loveliest Village."

6:23 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Jay G. Tate's proper story plus Chizik video plus link to 6 photos from the event

6:29 AM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

Good spin there Jet - I'll go with your interpretation - gets the bile taste out of my mouth.

Thanks THT for the link.

6:38 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

from the video... "these are Montgomery girls, Coach"

6:48 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Dems a lot of pluses

...but no love for the Cam article by Homer?

6:50 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Man, that article pumped some sunshine into my day.

6:51 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Good morning, PF. I was lazy about that since the "Cam article" was basically what started this new thread.

Hotties, I'm off to the state archives in Raleigh, an internet-deprived place. Y'all have a great day.

6:56 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

The cam articcle had a great into about hernias and constipation, though.

7:03 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

Morning folks. All day training the rest of the week so my attendance here will be spotty. You have my permission to carry on without me.

Nice work Homer.

7:07 AM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Great stuff JG. LT, When I read the village comment, I thought of the Loveliest Village. Think positive.

7:25 AM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

The good news is that congress went home before the first storm and the airports won't reopen before the Presidents Day adjournment. The bad news is whiteout conditions in DC.

7:28 AM  
Blogger Jim Rome said...

Good stuff. Great meeting you last night! The kiddos enjoyed it also - I change my vote from England to Mexico for the World cup 2nd favorite team - considering I am trying to learn Spanish.

7:31 AM  
Blogger coosa said...

Excellent work, Jay G. Any interview with the AU HC is always welcome, but especially in Feb when football news is so slow.

PP, saying a prayer for you.

A good day to all.

7:33 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Pero en Mexico, tu estas muertas; en England, tu sobrevives....or something like that.

7:51 AM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

For all of those who don't speak Spanish, PF just said Your mom is a whore, and so is your face.

I know it wasn't very polite.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

But in Mexico you are dead but in England you survive? WTH does that mean?

8:18 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Jim Rome just switched allegience from England to Mexico because he's trying to learn Spanish. People die in Mexico… why would you want to cheer for that?

8:36 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Wait, I take back my quasi-explanation. What does it mean, Seanzie? What does anything mean?

8:38 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?

8:43 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

It's 9:47 EST. I don't care because it's not Beer Thirty.

8:47 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

When is Beer Thirty? Can't that be any time?

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay G.,

Would you characterize Chizik as more introverted than previous coaches? It would explain Phred's observation about him bringing a little more meat in the one-on-one setting.

8:49 AM  
Blogger michael said...

I always thought it was "in a manner of speaking".

8:52 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

That sounds a little dirty.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...


8:53 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...


8:53 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...


8:53 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...


8:53 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...


8:53 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

56!!!! Yeahea!

8:54 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Beer thirty can technically be at any time, but unfortunately it's just not in the cards until at least 5:00 P.M. EST.

8:54 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I'm thinking beer thirty will fall around lunch time for me today. The boss is out, and I'm not feeling like I care today.

8:55 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Without violating your terms of anonymity, what is your job title, PF?

8:57 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Future King of Slacker Beach...

officially, though, it's Accounting Associate.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

terms of anonymity

I like that, Luv.

9:00 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

eeessshhh, sounds like a lot of math. No thanks! Do you like it?

9:00 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Thanks, PF. I just know that you don't like to reveal too much of you.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Thanks for the link, THT!

9:04 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Luv, PF actually reveals quite a lot to strangers on the street when he is wearing nothing but a trenchcoat.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I love it actually, Luv. There's really not much math. I mostly do analysis of financial statements and related records in corporate fraud cases.

9:06 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Michael bringing the substance only he can bring and it's only 9:00!

9:07 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Mike, they're still strangers, though...and everyone knows that there's no such thing as stranger danger.

9:10 AM  
Blogger Coffee Cup said...

Thanks for the substance JGT.
The video link was interesting to watch as well. The "direction" of the football program has definitely turned if we could get that to spill over into BB

9:22 AM  
Blogger Coffee Cup said...

Glad to see that your back home safe. Work and K3's spelling bee have cut into HABOTN time lately! Good luck with the surgery PP.

9:26 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Apparently, Honda is recalling vehicles too.

Faulty Airbags

9:32 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Interesting factoid on the foreign manufacturers who have sterling reputations for making cars.

10:04 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Good job JGT thanks for your late night work we do appreciate it. THT and JGT really enjoyed the article and video. Chizik always seems to have the theme of hard work and staying the course. Do it every day and do it right.

10:06 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Seanzie, it seems there reputation became tarnished when they started assembling them in the U.S....

10:16 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

that should be "their" not "there." I noticed that right when I hit publish.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Interestingly enough, I have a domestic car and have zero issues. I have owned 4 imports and 1 domestic and to date I like the domestic best.

10:18 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

After all this, I have decided that my next car will be 100% American.

10:20 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...



I don't know if you heard about this or not, but the Sports Editor of the Bham News (Arenberg I think) was on yesterday and had some interesting discussion around the newspaper business. They also discussed the decision to send just two Bham News employees to Pasadena. I think the Advertiser sent more than that out there, but I am not sure. In case you are interested it's archived on his website in the 2nd hour I think.

10:25 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Sorry..he was on Finebaum.

10:25 AM  
Blogger weagle251 said...

Nothing like a good witch hunt to get you through a slow sports week/month!

I continue to be amazed at the sheer nerve of some Bammers in Bammerham.

10:31 AM  
Blogger weagle251 said...

Present company excepted, FSJ.

10:32 AM  
Blogger michael said...

You can check out Consumer Reports and see that the Toyota/Honda reputation for building stellar cars doesn't come from nowhere. They have clearly been more reliable than American cars for quite some time. However, they may have gotten a little too fancy for their own britches with all their computerized stuff.

10:32 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Hey gang, if y'all will indulge me, here are some thoughts I penned last night regarding Bama fans' reaction to Auburn's good press in recent weeks.

It's written from an Auburn perspective, but I try to be a little even handed at times.

10:35 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

If you're going to continue this even-handedness, I may have to stop reading ebro.

10:54 AM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Nice E-Bro. When I say that Bama fans are showing fear I think I mean something a little different than you do. They don't fear a return to six straight losses to us, although that history is on their minds. They fear that we will be competitive when they thought they would return to the days of Bryant and 10 straight.

But I'm just judging by what I see from about 700 miles away.

10:56 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Ehyou ... even-handedness is good.

I firmly believe in being even-handed with UAT.

First, I slap them with my palm, then make it an even two, by back-handing them.

10:57 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Chris Low has posted his early Power Rankings. Auburn's at 5.

Can't argue with much. LSU may be a bit high at 3. UT may be a bit low at 9. We shall see.

11:04 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

NoVa...good point.

11:04 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...


11:04 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Apologies to THT. Didn't think I was messing up the Beasley post.

My B.

11:05 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Tennessee has a lot of question marks next year.

Even before Kiffin left, my UT friends were not expecting a good season next year. They just have so many holes to fill and murderous schedule for a new coaching staff to open with.

11:08 AM  
Blogger martini35504 said...

AUBURN — Practice starts on March 23rd. Spring game on April 24th.m

11:09 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Hey, Spring Practice begins on my birthday.

I'm gonna go ahead and say that's a good omen for the 2010 season.

11:13 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

UT at 9 is probably right. They are losing a lot from a team that went 7-6.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Coffee Cup said...

Great read. I think you summed it up well.

11:19 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Thanks for reading Coffee Cup.

11:23 AM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

That ranking is as good as any at this point. It's all speculation until some games are played. We haven't even had spring workouts yet.

11:25 AM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

March 23 gives us something to look forward to and talk about during the great football drought

11:27 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Good read E-bro. You need to do that more.

11:35 AM  
Blogger Coffee Cup said...

Does anyone know if ladies bb play in Auburn Saturday? If so, what time?

11:37 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Hey, Spring Practice begins on my anniversary.

I'm gonna go ahead and say that's a good omen for the 2010 season.

11:39 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Some sad news to report for Deadliest Catch fans who haven't seen yet.

Captain Phil Harris passed away today (or yesterday) more than a week after suffering a stroke.

RIP Cap'n.

11:40 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Bro...HA! HA!

11:40 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Thanks RK for the comment.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Capn Phil will be missed. Dude needed to hang it up after he had the first bout of problems 2 seasons ago. Love the show and will miss the Captain of the Cornelia Marie.

11:43 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

I would imagine fishing/crabbing boat captains are a pretty stubborn lot.

11:47 AM  
Blogger CH=B said...

I guess this season of the "Deadliest Catch" will have some sad moments. It's a great show and I can't wait for it to start.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Ephemeral said...

Good stuff, E-Bro. Very well done.

12:19 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

E-Bro enjoyed your article it was well done and very interesting. The Tide nation is indeed worried about Auburn although they will deny this till their last breath.

12:23 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

Great article ebro. Mybe the Tigerham news should give you a job.

12:41 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

I don't understand why the "experts" have this love affair with Arkansas and South Carolina. It's like the fest over Ole Miss last year (well maybe not that bad). I am not convinced that they will be any more ready or not willing to blow a game they're supposed to win this year, than the last several. Then again it may come from my hatred of Petrino and the inability of The Visor to get things done

12:44 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Thanks, everyone, for the feedback.

12:51 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

Ladies BB plays on Sunday with a pink theme......

1:15 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

I have decided to give up football for Lent.......but before I go --Have y'all seen this? It is really funny!

1:17 PM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Arkansas = For real
Visor = Over the Hill

1:35 PM  
Blogger Coffee Cup said...

Thanks War Eagle Girl. We will be in attendance.

1:38 PM  
Blogger Jim Rome said...

Estoy gritando para Mexico

2:12 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Eddie, excellent read!

You might want to edit one small thing:

The early commitment of Cullman OL Spencer Cullman to Auburn

2:23 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

I should have read the comments afterward... A few people already pointed it out. You didn't need me to do it too.

2:24 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

2:28 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Did Kristina quit us? I was going to tell ebro that his article sucked but realized there was no one to tell him that I was kidding.

2:31 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

E-Bro, OOPS! Sorry! I don't know what made me think that it was Eddie who wrote it.

2:35 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

ehyhou, I think Kristina has been really busy at work. She doesn't have the luxury of internet access.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

New Thread UPZ.

2:54 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New thread UPZ.

2:58 PM  

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