Pat Dye has come full circle after his career as a football coach. He was out of the picture for the last few years after jetgate, but he seems to be back in full form. Back in his full, talking smack while playing dumb form.
Dye said don’t be scared by Chizik’s recent failure.
“His record don’t make any difference,” Dye said after the news conference. “Coach Bryant won one game his first year at Texas A&M. Coach Jordan won seven his first two years at Auburn. His record, that record don’t mean nothing. We hired a man and a coach, not a record.”
OK, so the object is not to win? If the record does not count, why is Tuberville, a man who won 85 games and lost 40 in 10 seasons, gone after a 5-7 season?
But Dye was not through making his point that you should look past what happened at Iowa State. He pointed north to coach Nick Saban and Alabama.
“Saban went 6-6 last year and got his a– beat by Louisiana-Monroe at Alabama,” Dye said. “Can you imagine that? Huh? You think those Alabama people were proud of Saban when they walked out and got their a– beat by Louisiana-Monroe. It happens, you know?”
Pat would’ve done his usual abruptly subtle dig at Nick Saban (trust me, that term makes sense when you talk Pat Dye), but he was too busy trying to find his pants.
Insert your favorite Pat Dye lost his pants joke
There are two issues I happen to take with what PFD said. I’ll start with the lesser of the two evils.
If we’re bringing up failures, why don’t we talk about these three coaches and their seconds years at their respective programs. Paul Bryant did struggle his first year at Texas A&M as he cleared house during his famous Junction days. But, he built that program back up quickly, going 7-2-1 in his 2nd season. Shug Jordan went 5-5 his first year, and did only win 2 games during his 2nd season. So yes, he only won 7 games. But, he inherited a program that had only won 3 games in the 3 seasons before Shug got to Auburn.
Saban’s predicament was a little bit different. He did lose to Monroe, something that will bug me to no end. But, he made progress quickly, winning 13 games in a row after the Iron Bowl loss . So 7-6 was followed by 12-1. His toughest job wasn’t in an actual physical ability of his players (although we all wanted to believe it), but a mental rot that had been building up during the Shula years. BTW, he won 7 games, not 6 (unless you want to specify regular season). He should have cut off a few players earlier than he did, but he was ultimately successful in pulling off yet another turn around of a college program.
Secondly, I get the feeling that Coach Dye is ignoring the larger issue. It isn’t the fact that you hired a coach with a 5-19 record-even though it highlights the awfulness of what the AU power brokers did- that has your fans up in arms. It’s the fact that Auburn fired a proven entity with a great record in order for the Board buddies to retain full control of Auburn football!
Though I pull for the Tide, I must admit that Auburn fans deserve better than this move. A majority of them wanted an up and coming coach named Turner Gill, and now they must suffer through ESPN and Paul Finebaum dragging their program’s name through the mud because of a small group of men. I know this type of hire will help Alabama in recruiting, but Saban will get who Saban will get. If the players around here don’t want to go to Auburn, they could pick Georgia, Florida, or Tennessee. It’ll help in state, but there are still plenty of top notch schools out there for his to battle.
But who knows. Maybe Chizik will work out. He is certainly well respected as a Defensive mind, and could have success if he finds a big time Offensive Coordinator. But I have a feeling people like Pat Dye will have their hands in who New Coke hires, so it could turn out to be worse than it already is for Auburn fans everywhere.
I was so depressed after the SEC championship game, so much that my laptop decided to give its last goodbye as it went to the PC afterlife. Then I saw the news that Auburn hired Gene Chizik, aka Coach New Coke.
Does that confuse you? I’ll explain.
The Coca-Cola company changed its original formula many years ago. They feared that their brand was starting to become stale and irrelevant in the marketplace. They wanted to excite a new generation of consumers, so they decided it was time to “insert” some new energy into the Coke brand.
They forgot the fact that the Original Coke was the one that got them to where they were as a program. Even though its simple style was showing signs of possibly falling in popularity, it was still a proven winner as a product and brand. But, the head men running the Coca-Cola company felt that a preemptive move would stave off any decline in the Coke brand.
Auburn University has hired New Coke to coach their football team. Jay Jacobs, Bobby Lowder, and the Board of Trustees were afraid that Auburn football would be steamrolled by Nick Saban and the other high profile SEC coaches, causing their program to fall in stature and quality. So, they gracefully “retired” Coke Classic, AKA Tommy Tuberville, and brought in Gene Chizik, AKA New Coke.
He’s very similar to Coke Classic: Great Defensive Coordinator for a National Champion, runs a below average offense, and has a hard last name to spell. But, he’s younger than Coke Classic, and came about just because a group of older gentlemen with white hair wanted change for changes sake.
Tommy will continue to take the path that Coke Classic will take……… to a certain degree. Tubs probably won’t return like Coke Classic*, but he will become appreciated a great deal more because of this ordeal. Likewise, Chizik seems to be picking up where New Coke left off; being heavily criticized by the media and consumers (Auburn fans) alike. It seems ironic that this has happened in the south, a region that played a major factor in New Coke’s demise.
I could be wrong about all of this when it is all said and done about Gene Chizik’s tenure as the Auburn head coach. New Coke did stick around to become Coke II, but it eventually faded into obscurity. I’d rather be somewhat wrong, because I don’t want this rivalry to fade into the doldrums yet again.
Auburn will give him time, they have no choice at this point. He’ll probably land some solid defensive recruits, but you have to wonder what the offensive talent in this state thinks of this hire. Time will tell, so we’ll just have to wait and see. Good luck to ya CNC.
*to Auburn that is
Oh, that felt nice. Very, very nice. 6 years of watching Tuberville make snide comments, holding up fingers across the ocean, and celebrating on our midfield logo have come to an end. Instead of getting #7 in a row, he gets career loss #7 against Alabama and the 7th loss of this 2008 season for his Auburn Tigers.
I guess I should give him his due. He came in trying to motivate his team with his behavior the past week. He was cool, collected, and even cocky up until the start of the eventual beat down. They say pride always comes before the fall. If that is the case, Tubs fell hard.
How many co-SEC West championships do we want?!
Speaking of pride, I must brag on John Parker Wilson. He’s suffered criticism from all sorts, including comments on this very blog (not as negative as others, but still critical). He came up huge this year as a leader. He isn’t a Tebow or Stafford, but he’s the only one who has managed an offense to a 12-0 regular season.
I’ve never understood why Auburn fans referred to him as Sarah Jessica Parker Wilson, because he’s been one of the toughest QBs in the league since his 1st SEC start. He runs up the middle, doesn’t shy away from making tough blocks, and always tries to fight out of Sacks (sometime too much, as seen in the 2007 game against LSU). In fact, he broke out of a few sacks to make some nice 1st down plays against Auburn. Sarah Jessica no more, because he’s earned it and then some.
But enough about the Iron Bowl. It was a nice win, and I will certainly enjoy not having to suffer the modern day “Punt Bama Punt” for a few days, but it is time to focus on a game with much more importance. Yes, I’m talking about the SEC Championship game against the Florida Gators.
Some feel that Alabama will suffer a fate worse than Georgia at the Cocktail Party. Others think that Alabama is built to beat a team like Florida. Tim Tebow and Chris Rainey are VERY talented, and we will certainly need a big time performance from our Defense. Florida’s D-Line seems to be suffering from the injury bug, so I hope our O-line can continue to create holes and protect John Parker Wilson.
I’ve been so happy with this season so far, I’m almost ready to say I could live an ok life from here on out if we lost this game. But that was the old Bama mindset. The new Bama mindset involves discipline as you strive to beat the guy in front of you for 60 minutes. The new Bama mindset requires focus and tenacity every single play of every single drive. Bama teams of the recent past would’ve been happy to sit on a lead of 10-0 over an arch-rival, but not this one.
I know we’re capable of winning it all, and so is Florida. If we play hard and get beat in the end, I’ll be ok in a few days. But I want this one, and I want it bad. Something tells me that Nick Saban and company want it even more than I ever will.