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.