Malzahn hire doesn’t clean up Chizik mess

Auburn hired Gus Malzahn and the disgruntled Auburn family is now rapturously heralding the hire. You would think Malzahn was the second coming of some type of offensive guru.

Oh wait. The last guru didn’t work so well. However, everyone in the media has declared Malzahn a success.

“He’ll work out better because he’ll control the offense,” the talking heads declare. “He’ll have committed assistants,” others said.


Malzahn’s history with Houston Nutt should generate concern and not orgasmic relief.

Malzahn wasn’t able to subordinate his desires for the good of the team. Did his time at Tulsa help? We’ll find out in the coming months. He certainly can’t do worse than the original guru did on the Plains.

What will be more important for Auburn’s success is what kind of leader Chizik can be. The initial returns should worry Auburn fans.

Kevin Scarbinsky provided details on Chizik’s kissing hands meeting with Auburn. Chizik supplicated to every Auburn demand. He even conducted negotiations without his agent. Chizik was begging for a job and surrendered every power imaginable in his begging. Chizik also appears to have severed ties with Jimmy Sexton, according to Scarbinsky.

Chizik sounds more like Mike Dubose than a qualified coaching candidate. A bum standing on the side of the road with the sign Will Work for Food has more pride than this guy. If Pat Dye and Bobby Lowder had asked him to bend over, he would’ve had the lube ready.

Chizik has no power at Auburn, and everyone in coaching knows it. That is why Stacy Searles stayed at Georgia. Who wants to coach on the Plains for one, two or three years amidst the train wreck? Chizik can’t lead the Auburn program because he has no power. He can’t enforce accountability. Without accountability a program can’t succeed.

Auburn fans are rallying ‘round the flag now, but they should demand regime change at the highest levels for the good of Auburn. Auburn’s leadership created this Chizik. Fans shouldn’t forget that.

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