Gene Chizik
American football player and coach
Gene Chizik
Eugene T. "Gene" Chizik is an American football coach and former player. He is the former head coach of the Auburn University football team, a position he held from the 2009 season until the end of the 2012 season. Chizik's 2010 Auburn Tigers football team completed a 14–0 season with a victory over Oregon in the BCS National Championship Game. Chizik played college football at the University of Florida in 1981 for head coach Charley Pell.
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Iron Bowl Preview: Alabama-Auburn Rivalry Has Deep Roots
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
The previous four winners of the Iron Bowl -- the annual slugfest between Alabama and Auburn -- have gone on to win the BCS National Championship. And yes, this is a slugfest, both on and off the field. The schools are separated by just 160 miles, and remember, it was a malicious 'Bama fan that poisoned the iconic War Eagle tree. This year's tilt features top-ranked and undefeated Alabama, along with its Heisman hopeful quarterback AJ McCarron. Nick Saban's crew is going for his third straight title and fourth in five years. A classic drop-back passer with an NFL arm, McCarron has thrown a mere five interceptions this season. He's not flashy, but the guy is a proven winner who doesn't shy away from pressure moments. And, whenever the passing game turns sour -- however rare that may be -- 'Bama has a dominant running back to hand the ball to in super sophomore T.J. Yeldon. All in all, the Tide average a staggering 40 points per game. For the Tigers, look out for a high-paced offe ...
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Q&A: Coach Gene Chizik on Auburn ouster, team's current success
USA Today - about 3 years
Gene Chizik remains in Auburn, where he is 'really happy' for Gus Malzahn and the Tigers.
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Gene Chizik: Not bitter over firing, 'can't pigeonhole' himself on his next coaching move
Fox News - almost 4 years
Former Auburn coach Gene Chizik says he's not bitter about his firing two years after winning a national title.
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Former Auburn coach Gene Chizik 'weighing' options, feels he has more to offer ... - The Birmingham News -
Google News - almost 4 years Former Auburn coach Gene Chizik 'weighing' options, feels he has more to offer ... The Birmingham News - AUBURN_VS_ALABAMA_17927721.JPG View full sizeGene Chizik, pictured here coaching in his last Iron Bowl on Nov. 24, 2012, says he misses coaching. (Todd Van Emst/Auburn Media Relations). AUBURN, Alabama – Gene Chizik is hopeful that his ... Jacobs: Auburn internal review found no evidence of academic fraud allegations ...The Republic Auburn's Jacobs says report was flawedESPN (blog) Committee will conduct 'top-to-bottom' review of Auburn athletics departmentThe Huntsville Times - all 41 news articles »
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Leigh Steinberg: Coaches Behaving Very Badly
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
The head coach and his assistants in collegiate sports may have the most powerful opportunity to shape the values and behavior of athletes at any level. Against the pressure of alumni and fan expectations, they recruit and coach young athletes who are still impressionable and maturing. The coaches have near absolute power, except in the case of "one and done" NBA-bound college basketball players, to influence the arc and future of player's careers. They represent a university that has an educational responsibility. When coaches behave very badly and abuse rules or the players themselves, the experience becomes dysfunctional and rotten to its core. It then becomes the responsibility of an athletic department and university administration to dramatically intervene to set things right. Lack of oversight leads to situations like what occurred at Penn State. Rutgers University basketball Coach Mike Rice and his assistant Jimmy Martelli ran a rogue, abusive program for years. ...
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Former Auburn Safety Pleads Guilty
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
OPELIKA, Ala. -- Former Auburn defensive back Mike McNeil received a 15-year split sentence on Monday after pleading guilty to first-degree robbery. Lee County Circuit Judge Christopher Hughes accepted McNeil's plea deal Monday as his trial was set to begin. Under the deal, McNeil is required to serve at least three years in prison, plus three years of probation, and pay $2,000 in restitution. McNeil, 24, and three teammates from the Tigers' 2010 national championship team were charged with armed robbery and dismissed from the team in March 2011. Antonio Goodwin is serving a 15-year sentence while Dakota Mosley and Shaun Kitchens are awaiting trial. McNeil, wearing a gray suit and with his hair cut short since appearing in court Friday with dreadlocks, nodded to family members while he was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs. McNeil responded "Yes, sir" when the judge asked if he believed prosecutors had enough evidence to get a guilty plea. He had 14 tack ...
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Former Auburn coach Chizik denies allegations of corruption
Calgary Sun - almost 4 years
Former Auburn football coach Gene Chizik vehemently refuted a report that said former Auburn players have accused the school of changing grades, bribery and a laundry list of other allegations while Chizik was guiding the program to its national championship in 2010.
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Arrested fugitive is Ala. football signee's father
Fox News - about 4 years
Authorities say a man who was arrested after 16 years as a fugitive for allegedly shooting his estranged wife while she was holding their 18-month-old boy is the father of University of Alabama football signee Reuben Foster. Danny Foster, 41, was captured Friday in Miami, said U.S. Marshals spokesman Scott Sides. Authorities say Danny Foster was originally arrested in Randolph County, Ala., after the shooting, which the woman survived. A young Reuben was wounded in the back. Danny Foster was indicted by a grand jury in 1996 but fled the state before being arrested in California, authorities said. Sides said he was extradited to Randolph County but escaped from jail in December 1996. The suspect took on a new identity in Miami and will again be extradited to Randolph County, Sides said Reuben Foster — who attends Auburn High School in Auburn, Ala., — signed with the University of Alabama this past week. Foster ...
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Christopher Brauchli: Football and Philosophy
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
The toe bone's connected to the foot bone, The foot bone's connected to the anklebone The anklebone's connected to the leg bone, Now shake dem skeleton bones! Children's song November and December were exciting months in the world of college football and the events causing the excitement not only involved money but highlighted the differences between, let us say for purposes of illustration, college athletic departments and their philosophy departments. Few philosophy graduates will turn out to watch a philosopher in action. If a particularly brilliant philosopher publishes a particularly brilliant paper on some philosophical subject, alumni will generally not make large contributions to the philosophy department in order to reward the department for its member's success. If a university decides it made a mistake giving a philosophy professor tenure (a status that guarantees the professor that, absent exigent circumstances, he or she cannot be fired) t ...
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Auburn tabs Malzahn as new head coach
Fox News - about 4 years
Gus Malzahn is headed back to Auburn.The university announced Tuesday that it has hired Malzahn, who spent three seasons there as offensive coordinator before becoming the head coach at Arkansas State, to replace the recently fired Gene Chizik
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Gene Chizik: From Title to Toast
Wall Street Journal - about 4 years
How Auburn fell out of love with its football coach just two years after BCS glory. Plus: Is the Niners' Kaepernick the new Tom Brady?; UCLA basketball drops a shocker to Cal Poly; and more.
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Auburn dumps Chizik
Fox News - over 4 years
Two years after leading Auburn to a surprising national championship, Gene Chizik is out as the Tigers' head football coach.Chizik, with the help of Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, guided the Tigers to the top of the college football world in 2010, but this year's squad was rarely competitive and finished with a 3-9 record, including 0-8 in the SEC
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NCAA investigating Auburn? Chizik: No comment
CNN Bussiness Blogs - over 4 years
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Auburn coach Gene Chizik declined to comment on reports that the NCAA is investigating alleged improprieties involving the football program.
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No. 4 Alabama's defense finally starting to appear vulnerable after losing 2011 stars
Fox News - over 4 years
Gene Chizik hasn't been able to send Auburn's seniors out with a successful final season, but he's hoping they'll leave Jordan-Hare Stadium as winners.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gene Chizik
  • 2015
    Age 53
    Chizik was named defensive coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on January 19, 2015.
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    He was named defensive coordinator at North Carolina in January 2015.
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  • 2014
    Age 52
    He inherited a unit that had given up a staggering 497 yards per game in 2014; only three other teams in Power 5 conferences had surrendered more yards per game.
    More Details Hide Details Through 11 games, Chizik's defense had surrendered 384 yards per game, a major factor in the Tar Heels going on a school record eleven-game winning streak and earning their 1st ACC Coastal Division championship. Chizik is married to Jonna Chizik, the daughter of his high school football coach.They have identical twin daughters named Landry and Kennedy, as well as a son, Eugene Calloway "Cally". Cally is named after a former player that Chizik coached at Stephen F. Austin State University, Calloway "Cally" Presley Belcher. Belcher and Chizik had a very close relationship and Chizik named his son Cally in honor of Belcher who died of a brain aneurysm after suffering a hit to the head in practice. Chizik earned a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Florida in 1986, and went on to receive a master's degree in guidance and counseling from Clemson University in 1991.
  • 2010
    Age 48
    Indeed, the 2010 season was the only winning conference record that Chizik had as a head coach at both Iowa State and Auburn.
    More Details Hide Details Chizik was fired after four seasons and it cost Auburn $11.09 million. Chizik will get $7.5 million based on his December 1 contractual buyout amount and assistant coaches will get the remainder.
    However, not counting the 2010 national title season, his record was 19-19, including 7-17 in SEC play.
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    In his first year, Chizik led the Tigers to the 2010 Outback Bowl, a fairly quick turnaround for a team that went 5-7 the year before.
    More Details Hide Details The next year, he led the team to a 14-0 record and the BCS National Championship—the first undisputed national championship in school history. With the loss of several players from that team who opted to go pro, Chizik's third team slipped to 8-5. The 2012 season, however, was more than disappointing as the team finished 3-9 and was outscored 150-21 in its final three SEC games—including a 49-0 loss to Alabama in the Iron Bowl. Overall, Auburn went 33-19 during Chizik's tenure as head football coach.
    For the BCS Championship winning 2010 season, Chizik earned a base salary of $2.1 million plus bonuses worth an additional $1.1 million, including $500,000 for 13 wins, an SEC title, a BCS bowl appearance and winning the AP SEC Coach of the Year and an additional $600,000 for winning the BCS Championship Game.
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    Chizik's 2010 Auburn Tigers football team completed a 14–0 season with a victory over Oregon in the BCS National Championship Game.
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  • 2008
    Age 46
    On December 13, 2008, Auburn University hired Chizik to succeed former head coach Tommy Tuberville, who resigned from the position after finishing 5–7 in the 2008 season.
    More Details Hide Details Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs released a statement that 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." Chizik first retained James Willis to continue coaching linebackers. However, less than one month later, Willis left Auburn to coach for the University of Alabama. Ted Roof would eventually replace Willis and serve as Auburn's linebacker coach and defensive coordinator. Roof had previously been the defensive coordinator at Minnesota before coming to Auburn. Chizik hired Gus Malzahn as his offensive coordinator. Malzahn enjoyed the nation's top offense at Tulsa the previous two seasons. He subsequently hired Curtis Luper and Trooper Taylor, both of whom were coaching at Oklahoma State, to coach running backs and wide receivers. Chizik also brought Jay Boulware from his ISU staff to be the special teams coordinator and hired former Auburn player Tracy Rocker away from Arkansas to coach the defensive line. The final hire was UNC linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen as safeties coach.
  • 2006
    Age 44
    In November 2006, Chizik was hired to replace outgoing coach Dan McCarney as head football coach of Iowa State.
    More Details Hide Details McCarney resigned after going 4–8 in his final season, despite five bowl appearances during his tenure, the most of any Iowa State coach. Chizik's contract with ISU was a six-year deal worth a guaranteed $6.75 million. With incentives, the total had the potential to be more than $10 million. In Chizik's first season, Iowa State finished 3–9, including a 15–13 upset victory over Iowa, and back-to-back wins against Kansas State and Colorado. The Cyclones also experienced a notable improvement on defense. In the year prior to Chizik's arrival, Iowa State was ranked 102nd nationally in total defense and in Chizik's first year, they improved to 65th. In 2008, Iowa State won their first two games against South Dakota State and Kent State before losing their final 10 games to finish the season 2–10. Among all 119 Division I FBS teams, the team ranked 111th in total defense, 115th in passing defense, and 95th in rushing defense. Following the season, Chizik fired two assistant coaches and demoted both his offensive and defensive coordinators. Chizik's name came up frequently as a coach who would be on the hot seat for the following season, though all acknowledged the difficulty of the job given the lack of resources and difficult schedule.
  • 2005
    Age 43
    During his time at Texas, the team won the 2005 NCAA Division I-A national football championship by defeating USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl.
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    In 2005, Chizik was hired by Texas to serve as their co-defensive coordinator, assistant head coach, and linebackers coach.
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  • 2004
    Age 42
    He garnered the 2004 Broyles Award, which is given each year to the top assistant coach in the nation.
    More Details Hide Details The 2004 Auburn Tigers football team finished 13–0 that year, won the SEC title, and defeated Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl. It placed second in the final AP and Coaches polls.
    His 2004 defensive unit led the country in scoring defense, giving up 11.3 points per game, and the total defense ranked 5th, which is the same ranking the 2003 team recorded.
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  • 2003
    Age 41
    He coached in three bowl games, the 2003 Capital One Bowl, 2004 Music City Bowl, and 2005 Sugar Bowl.
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  • 2002
    Age 40
    Chizik later employed a very similar scheme at Auburn, where he served again as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach from 2002 to 2004.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, he had some of the greatest successes of his career to date.
  • 1998
    Age 36
    He then served as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach for Central Florida from 1998 to 2001.
    More Details Hide Details While at Central Florida in Orlando, Chizik frequently visited practice sessions of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers studying the Bucs' defensive scheme developed by then-Bucs head coach Tony Dungy, defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and linebackers coach Lovie Smith.
  • 1996
    Age 34
    He was then promoted to the defensive coordinator role, which he held from 1996 to 1997.
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  • 1992
    Age 30
    His next assignment was at Stephen F. Austin State University, serving as their linebackers coach from 1992 to 1995.
    More Details Hide Details SFA advanced to the Division I-AA semifinals in 1995.
  • 1990
    Age 28
    His initial full-time coaching job was as the defensive ends coach at Middle Tennessee State from 1990 to 1991. In 1990, the Blue Raiders won the Ohio Valley Conference championship.
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  • 1988
    Age 26
    During his time at Clemson he coached in the 1988 Citrus Bowl and the 1989 Gator Bowl, under secondary coach Bill Oliver.
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    He then became a graduate assistant at Clemson from 1988 to 1989, working with the outside linebackers.
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  • 1986
    Age 24
    Chizik began his coaching career at Seminole High School, serving as their defensive coordinator and inside linebacker coach from 1986 to 1988.
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  • 1981
    Age 19
    Chizik played college football at the University of Florida in 1981 for head coach Charley Pell.
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  • 1961
    Born on December 28, 1961.
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