Auburn just is not a fun place to play football right now. Gene Chizik’s teetering regime has implemented an 11pm curfew for Tigers players every night of the week and hired a private security firm to enforce it at players’ private residences.
Curfews are a common practice on the evenings before games but Auburn instituted a nightly curfew, a far more rare practice, and the use of paid personnel from a private security firm to assist in enforcing a curfew may be unprecedented.
“We always do what’s in the best interest of our team,” Auburn coach Gene Chizik said. “We have a curfew check and we have to employ people to help us with some of the kids off campus. Other than that I’m not going into any details of any of that.
The program has been plagued by legal issues. Center Reese Dismukes was picked up for public intoxication in August. That’s not justification for keeping the team on lock down in a vacuum. These are also adult students at a public university. How is that acceptable?
Overreacting where you can exert control is a measure of having lost it. If the coaching staff can’t trust the players, it’s not surprising the players seem to have no trust in the coaching staff.
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