Gene Chizik, who just two years ago won a title with Cam Newton leading the way, has been fired as coach of the Auburn Tigers, according to Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports.
The news should surprise nobody, as Auburn was a disaster this season (3-9, 0-8 in the SEC) and now the NCAA is poking around.
Chizik was a bizarre hire in the first place. After going 5-19 in two years at Iowa State, the Tigers took a chance on Chizik. In his second year, Newton had one of the best seasons in college football history, leading the Tigers to a 14-0 mark and a BCS title. He left, and the team fell back to 8-5 last year before this season’s clunker.
Also fired today: NC State coach Tom O’Brien. He got canned after six average years (40-35) in Raleigh. The Wolfpack have been bowl eligible the last three years (7-5 in 2012), and the firing is somewhat curious. I’m sure it won’t take long before the fingers started to get pointed at AD Debbie Yow, who arrived at 2010 from Maryland. Yow is out of her mind if she thinks James Franklin is leaving Vandy for NC State.