Another day, another Barkley interview

Charles Barkley continued his assault on stupidity at Auburn with a Sunday morning appearance on the NFL Network. In several interviews, Barkley has said race played a factor in the Chizik hire, but on the NFL Network he said the issue wasn’t really a racial issue–Auburn made a wrong choice.

“It is really not about race,” Barkley said. “They interviewed some great white candidates who had better resumes than Gene Chizik. If they had hired one of those guys I wouldn’t be complaining.”

Barkley said Auburn’s hiring of Gene Chizik was wrong because Chizik was not the best candidate for the job.

“Nothing personal against Gene Chizik, but he is 5-19 and is on a 10 game losing streak,” Barkley said. Those facts made Chizik’s qualifications not as good as several black coaches who should have been considered for the job, according to Barkley. Some of those more qualified black coaches included Buffalo’s Turner Gill, Georgia assistant Rodney Garner and Florida assistant Charlie Strong, Barkley said.

And Auburn’s failure to hire a black head coach highlights a national problem.

The Auburn legend said the lack of black head coaches in college is a problem that needs action across the country. Barkley urged the NCAA to examine the problem; however, he stopped short of advocating an NFL type rule to encourage college presidents to interview black candidates. Auburn interviewed two black candidates Barkley believed should have gotten the job instead of Chizik. But he wants something done to correct the inequities faced by black coaches.

Barkley’s comments regarding Chizik could be the result of his experience with Auburn’s basketball search. He served on the search committee and advocated hiring three successful coaches who happened to be black. Barkley was sacked from the committee, and Auburn ended up hiring Jeff Lebo.

Barkley told ESPN’s Mark Schlabach, “Out of all the basketball coaches they interviewed, they picked the only one who hadn’t been to the NCAA tournament.”

Lebo hasn’t exactly set the world on fire. Does that serve as a prelude to a disaster in the football program? It seems Barkley could be worried that Auburn doesn’t learn from its mistakes.

His appearances on ESPN, the NFL Network, local talk radio and other outlets has put Auburn, racism and college football into the national conversation.

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  1. 1
    Bamaman

    Can he embarass the barn nationally any worse than he already has? Sir Charles continues to do wonders for your recuiting.

  2. 4
    Auburnisajoke formerly the fan known as Ballplay Indian.

    TMC1……Come on. Yall know better. Charles needs to shut his trap. Hes ALEWYS run his mouth. Hes even always insinuated racial problems in Alabama Government.

  3. 5
    Pluto

    Still can’t spell boy. Damn – stupid is as stupid does – anyway – Charles is using this to get publicity. It is very cynical and self serving. Overall, this “Jihad” for more Black Coaches is a ploy to institute quotas based on Race.

  4. 7
    Auburnisajoke formerly the fan known as Ballplay Indian.

    The Schweppea apelling b champ pluto strikes again. You do remember that Forrest played for the Tide dont ya ?

  5. 11
    Auburnisajoke formerly the fan known as Ballplay Indian.

    Pluto. You are one classy dude. And you seem to be obsessed with rectums as well. What a catch you will be for the transeexual that you will soon have a civil union with.

    Couldnt help myself. But really, Merry Christmas. Even to you pluto.

  6. 12
    OMNIPRESENT

    BI,

    Your crafty my Polytech Friend!

    I aint got no bromance for ya or nothing but you are funny

    Merry Christmas to all my AUburn bros
    and may next year be a better one!

    and also to my bamma foes,congrats on a GREAT season and we’ll get ya next year
    Merry Christmas and God Bless to all of you!
    Merry Christmas CAP!!!

    WPB!!!

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