Willis hire spurs passionate reaction

How bad are things on the Plains? An assistant coach bails on the 5-19 failure known as Gene Chizik after about four weeks into working for the Iowa State washout. Could you get a clearer vote of no confidence in the Auburn program’s leadership?

And how are Auburn fans taking it? Not good. Every hope of the Tiger family is pinned on recruiting because 5-19 doesn’t inspire confidence in Chizik’s coaching ability. Willis was considered an important cog in the recruiting machine being assembled on the Plains. Columnist Ben Cook called the Willis hire a “home run” for Chizik. It looks more like a called third strike now.

To say Auburn fans are upset wouldn’t cover it. Over on one of the more popular Auburn message boards, the reaction has ranged from terming Willis a “Benedict Arnold” to the more dramatic “Judas.”

We’ll be waiting on the Photoshop of The Last Supper to crop up with Willis in the role of Judas tightly clutching the moneybag as he prepares to betray Auburn’s savior—Chizik. Or wait, would Gus Malzahn be cast in the role of savior?

Whatever. The reaction is bad. Here is a brief sampling from some Auburn fans on message boards and blogs.

From JCCW: “Look, you want to spin about how wonderful Saban is and how it’s a good move for you for a professional and/or development standpoint, fine. But don’t feed us that line of horse pucky about their “history” and “tradition” being a huge attraction when you’ve spent the last 20 of years of your life, no doubt, feeling and saying that that history and tradition adds up (or should add up) to–pardon my French–precisely d*ck.”

Other message board reaction:
I F’ING HATE NICK SABAN I HOPE HE ROTS IN HELL!

Saban can do whatever he wants to and we can’t stop it…

CANNOT EVEN IMAGINE HOW A RECRUIT FEELS RIGHT NOW

Greed and Arrogance = James Willis

Is it me…or does Saban play a different game?

A sign that Saban is starting to fear Auburn?