No coach search should begin until you’ve had six refreshing college football stories from around the country.
Gene Chizik, Frank Spaziani and Danny Hope got the pink slips many expected were coming after disappointing seasons.
The Golden Flashes are No. 17 in the BCS standings and just five spots away from earning the non-AQ automatic berth. This is unprecedented because this is a Kent State program that is going to its first bowl game since 1972.
Every Sunday throughout the season, the Walter Camp Foundation honors two players, one offensive and one defensive, for their performances from the previous day.
It appears that for the second year in a row the powerful SEC will be the only league in the country to send a team to the national title game.
No. 2-ranked Alabama opened Sunday afternoon as a 7.5-point favorite over No. 3 Georgia in Saturday's SEC Championship Game, and if you check history, that's a good pick.
When Chizik's head-coaching career is considered in full, the season just concluded is not the aberration. It is the 14-0 record of 2010.
As well as Newton played, he had the benefit of 23 seniors around him, left for Chizik by his predecessor and former boss, Tommy Tuberville. Newton left, All-American defensive tackle Nick Fairley left and the seniors graduated. After Auburn fell to 8-5 in 2011, Chizik swapped out offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn for Scot Loeffler and defensive coordinator Ted Roof for Brian VanGorder. Whatever Chizik's motivation, it proved to be a miscalculation.
The Tigers started out as a team yearning to be mediocre and never improved. In fact, by the end of the season, Auburn set school records for ineptitude. The Tigers lost to their biggest rivals, No. 3 Georgia and No. 2 Alabama, by a combined score of 87-0. An Auburn coach could be forgiven many things, several of them prosecutable, before he could be forgiven those losses.