Chizik gives self vote of confidence

It is a bad thing when you get a vote of confidence from your athletic director.

What is it when you give yourself a vote of confidence? Sad? Pathetic? Maybe both.

Gene Chizik gave himself a rousing vote of confidence in today’s Birmingham News as Ray Melick covered Chizik’s speech to the Birmingham Rotary Club.

“I’ve been doing this for 23 years,” Chizik was quoted as saying. “I’ve never been fired…And in 23 years, I’ve never made a bad decision. I’ve never failed in this position.”

Never been fired.

Never made a bad decision.

Never failed.

Never failed? What do you call 5-19?

The Iowa State people call it abject failure. They declared a holiday when you left. You may not think you failed, but you did. And if you don’t know you failed, then Auburn fans are screwed even more than they already think they are.

And Melick provides cover for this absurdity with this, “But then perhaps Chizik is looking at his career as a sum total instead of in parts. Every step has been a step forward. He did something in every job – even, you’d have to say, Iowa State – that was good enough to get him enough attention to move one step closer to his ultimate goal.”

The only thing Chizik did in his Iowa State job to get Auburn’s attention was be a coach who wasn’t black and was breathing.

That hardly qualifies as success.

It is pathetic.

But what is even more pathetic is bragging about that 5-19 record of success. Such spin is worthy of a politician not a football coach.

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  1. 1
    Auburnisajoke formerly the fan known as Ballplay Indian.

    Alright…..Finally an article with good old fashion Auburn hate. Much better than the Kiffin kick youve been on.

    What was Gene Stalling record at the tradition rich Texas A&M Aggies before coming to Alabama ?

  2. 2
    CrimsonBrother

    So what is that Aub-Der LOSER (Ballplay Indian) calling himelf this week?

    It’s such a COWARDS way out to change your screen name when the going gets TOUGH, isn’t it?

    36 – 0 AZZ KICKING!!!!!!!!!

    YOU BETTER BE GLAD SABAN CALLED OFF THE DOGS LATE IN THE 3RD AND ALL OF THE 4TH QUARTER!!!!!!

    Shane, it’s amazing to me how you get these General Robert E. Lee county cockroaches out from under their rocks.

  3. 3
    Auburnisajoke formerly the fan known as Ballplay Indian.

    Crimson doosbag…………………..I dont know how or why you bammer jacklegs think that I am more than one dude. I can assure you that I have posted only under this one name. Oh , up until the bet I lost. And Im not coward enough to welch from a lost bet.I changed my name just like I said I would…….. But you just dont freekin get it. Nevertheless , I really dont care. think what you will. You are the insignificant green fly cicling the turd of life. Enjoy your turd Crimson Dooshbag……….

  4. 4
    capstonereport

    Gahhhhhh, I just destroyed my Chizik post and I can’t recover it and I don’t have the original copy.

    I could cry!

  5. 6
    julio

    You’re right Cappy. Chizik should not express self confidence in any way. He should stand up at Booster functions and say we are doomed to failure, and Auburn was stupid to hire me. That makes a lot of freakin’ sense.

    Ballplay, to answer your questions about Stallings, he compiled a stellar record of 27-45-1 at Tex.A&M before being fired. (That’s Tex A&M, which is a school that has been traditionally pretty successful. I think we can all agree that Iowa State has never had that kind of success.) He then compiled a stellar record of 23-34-1 while coaching the Arizona Cardinals where he was fired during midseason of his 4th season. (Go ahead and make my day Bammers by pointing out that you can’t consistently win with the Cardinals. Yeah, we’ll all just forget that you can say the exact same thing about Iowa State and that the Cards just played in the Super Bowl.)

    The bottom line is that none of us have any idea whether Chizik will be successful or not. He was certainly an outstanding DC. His work at Iowa State is definitely unimpressive, but I don’t know whether anyone could have done much better given the circumstances he inherited. Maybe, maybe not. We’ll know a lot more by the end of the 09 season.

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    BamaBrando

    You are right Julio. Chizik has done the right things, he seems to be a pretty good guy. I think over time he will be successful at Auburn. I don’t know how long it will take, but he will get there. Not sure how he will fare against what Saban is doing, and he will probably be unfairly compared to that his first few years. But I agree that he has the right to have confidence, he will need it for sure. He doesn’t seem to be like Tubs, I don’t see him trash talking and holding up fingers and such. I could be wrong, but so far I haven’t got any reason not to like the guy yet. Maybe if he beats Bama a few years in a row I will dislike him more LOL

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    Bamaman

    Julio, since you love to look up stats, didn’t Iowa St make a bowl before Chizik and didn’t he digress from year one to year two? Btw, Bammers will not start hating him like Aubs do Saban until he lays a 36-0 on us, and I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

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    julio

    BM, Iowa State had a brief run under Dan McCarney where they had moderate success and went to some lower tier bowl games. You probably remember when Fran played ISU in the Ind. Bowl in 2001. That was also well before Mizzou and Kansas were playing decent football in the Big 12 North. That was the best run in ISU history, and McCarney was eventually fired. Chizik took over the shambles that McCarney left. BTW, McCarney is by far considered the most successful coach in ISU history, and guess what his record was after the first 2 years?? 5-17. Again, Chizik might end up being horrible. I’m just not gonna judge him solely by his record at ISU.

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