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November 25, 2012 Dear Auburn Family, First and foremost, I want to take this opportunity to thank those of you who have reached out to me in recent days and weeks to express your concerns about our football program. You are the best fans in the country, and I appreciate your passion and love for Auburn University. We have talked a lot in recent years about building the foundation it takes to consistently compete at a high level in the nation’s toughest conference. Despite substantial investment in personnel and facilities made possible by your support, the football program did not live up to our expectations. The results of the 2012 football season are simply unacceptable at Auburn. After suffering some tough losses in a transition year in 2011, we had hoped our team would show improvement this season. Unfortunately, it has not. The competition in our league is fierce and is currently at an all-time high, and we cannot risk falling further behind by waiting another year and hoping for improvement. That is why after careful consideration and a thorough evaluation of our football program, I have recommended that Coach Gene Chizik not be retained. President Gogue has accepted my recommendation. Earlier this morning, I informed Coach Chizik that he will not return as head coach. My primary consideration in making this recommendation was doing what is in the best interests of our current student-athletes and the future of our football program. That has always been my top priority, and it always will be. While I am disappointed that Coach Chizik’s career here has come to an end we will long cherish the memories of our first National Championship in 53 years. Gene and his staff will always be a part of the Auburn Family, and we wish them and their families the best. This season demonstrated that we need a different direction to get where we want to go. We will move as quickly as possible in our search for a new Head Coach, guided by the benchmarks President Gogue and I expect. Those benchmarks are a track record as a proven winner, a commitment to playing within the rules and student-athlete academic success. I am pleased to announce that we have put together an outstanding search committee to find our next head coach. The committee consists of several great Auburn leaders who share our commitment to competing at the highest level and who understand what it takes to succeed at Auburn. I am honored that Mac Crawford, Bo Jackson and Pat Sullivan have agreed to join our efforts to find the best coach possible for our student-athletes, the students of Auburn University and the Auburn Family. I’m proud to be part of this distinguished group. A press conference will be held later today to formally announce this change. In the days ahead, you can expect rumors to swirl and inaccurate reports to surface about who is under consideration to be our next Head Coach. That is the nature of coaching searches at this level. I will not respond to rumors or speculative reports during the search process, but I do look forward to announcing our new Head Coach once the search is complete. I regret that the Auburn Family, and especially our season ticket holders and Tigers Unlimited donors, have had to endure a frustrating and difficult season. You expect and deserve better. It is time to heal and turn the page to the next chapter of Auburn football. It is time to pull together and forge ahead to the brighter future that awaits us. We have endured tough times before, and we have always emerged stronger. I have no doubt that will be our course once again. God Bless and War Eagle!
Jay Jay Jacobs Director of Athletics
"Commitment to playing within the rules"
How many times is the word Fambly used in that letter?
Wondered why he said that (g).
I'm also surprised he didn't use God more in that letter.
On Alabama: CeCe Jefferson - "It was a bunch of beautiful women..." Reggie Ragland - "oh the females of course..."
Keep in mind that "Dye's guys" are now making the hire. This will be awesome.
Wow. Who's going to coach them during the bowl game in the absence of Chiz? :)
So, JJ Sullivan and Bo are all Dye disciples, and then there's Crawford( whom I know little about).
I'm really not sure what qualifies Bo to be on this committee. Winning a Heisman has nothing to do with understanding how to run a team and a major organization.
God Bless, War Eagle, and BOOM goes the Dy-No-Mite!
JJ Evans Director of Athaletics
I'm not sure how but looks like Dye is still in charge. Doesn't that mean no Petrino? Wasn't the word that dye wants a defensive coach and wants to stay the course on pro-style?
Bo knows coach searches
I'm hoping Dye will be on FBaum tomorrow,,,,of course acting like he has no idea what's going on......which is complete horse****
This will end well for us. Auburn is Auburn and they will batch this coaching search just like they did with Chizik.
I would be willing to bet the committee is just for show and will have no involvement whatsoever in the actual search and hiring.
What idiot actually believes that Bo or Pat will have any say in who gets hired? Auburns two most revered and respected football student athletes get mentioned in a search committee will forever make me laugh my damn ass off. This is the dumbest most gullible Fanbase I've ever seen in my life. They actually believe they will have something to do with it, silly Barners
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
More like Dye-no-mite if that search committee is accurate. The new Barn will look just like the Old Barn!
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