When Auburn selected Gene Chizik as its new coach one of the reasons cited was that Gene Chizik is an Auburn man. In other words, Chizik fit into the Auburn culture.
But what is the Auburn culture?
The 5-0 start got a nice jolt from one of Auburnâ€™s prime cheating tacticsâ€”the old reliable chop block.
According to 3sib.com, â€œLast night in the first quarter, Pugh chop-blocked Tennessee senior defensive tackle Wes Brown. If you donâ€™t know who Brown is, donâ€™t worry. You shouldnâ€™t. Heâ€™ll never be an NFL player, and heâ€™s only a serviceable college talent. Heâ€™s never been much on talent, but the Athens, Ala., native is one of the true Vols leaders. He plays hard on every snap. He selflessly moved from defensive end inside to tackle this year to get all of Tennesseeâ€™s best defensive linemen on the field. He is a â€œyes-sir, no-sirâ€ kind of guy, a good Christian kid and a warrior who has attempted to play every week despite having two gruesomely injured knees that will likely cause him multiple surgeries and a lifetime of pain.
â€œSo, what does Pugh do? While Brown is engaged in battle with a blocker, Pugh dove at his knees, crippling him for nearly a quarter, knocking him out of the game. The official saw the play and flagged Pugh for the dirty block. In the postgame locker room when asked about the block, the classy Brown simply said it was â€˜illegalâ€™ and left it there.â€
Auburn is quickly becoming known as Chop Block U. Doubt it? Just Google it. Youâ€™ll find video, and countless webpages dedicated to Auburnâ€™s chop blocking ways.
While that might be an improvement from Probation U (certainly something earned by Auburnâ€™s consistent inclusion on NCAA probation), it isnâ€™t an improvement to Auburnâ€™s image.
It looks like Gene Chizik is continuing that fine Auburn tradition.
War Eagle! Keep living that Auburn Creed!