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 todayâ€™s Birmingham News as Ray Melick covered Chizikâ€™s speech to the Birmingham Rotary Club.
â€œIâ€™ve been doing this for 23 years,â€ Chizik was quoted as saying. â€œIâ€™ve never been firedâ€¦And in 23 years, Iâ€™ve never made a bad decision. Iâ€™ve never failed in this position.â€
Never been fired.
Never made a bad decision.
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 donâ€™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, â€œBut 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, youâ€™d have to say, Iowa State – that was good enough to get him enough attention to move one step closer to his ultimate goal.â€
The only thing Chizik did in his Iowa State job to get Auburnâ€™s attention was be a coach who wasnâ€™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.