Auburn University fires football coaching staff after 0-8 season - KCTV5 News

Auburn University fires football coaching staff after dismal season

Posted: Updated:
AUBURN, AL (WSFA) -

Auburn University announced today that it has fired its football coaching staff after a dismal 0-8 SEC season.

"After careful consideration and a thorough evaluation of our football program, I have recommended that Coach Chizik not be retained," said Auburn Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs.  "President Gogue has accepted my recommendation.  Earlier this morning, I informed Gene that he will not return as head coach."

Chizik and the university's entire coaching staff have been dismissed. Assistant coaches for the program will be given the opportunity to re-apply to work under the new head coach when that person is named.

Shortly after today's announcement, Coach Chizik issued a statement saying that he was extremely disappointed in the way this season turned out (read full statement here).

"I apologize to the Auburn family and our team for what they have had to endure," said Chizik. "In my 27 years of coaching, I have gained an understanding of the high expectations in this profession. When expectations are not met, I understand changes must be made."

In a release issued by the university (read full statement here) Jacobs said a search committee has already been named to put together recommendations for the new head coach. Making up that committee is Pat Sullivan, current head coach at Samford University and former All-American for Auburn University and Heisman Trophy winner, Bo Jackson, former baseball and football player from Auburn and Heisman Trophy winner and Mac Crawford, former Auburn football player and business and turn-around expert.

Auburn added that the total contract buyout for Chizik and his nine full-time assistants is $11.09 Million.

Jay Jacobs addressed a letter (read full letter here) this afternoon to all season ticket holders calling this season  "simply unacceptable."

"While I am disappointed that Coach Chizik's career here has come to an end we will long cherish the memories of our first National Championship in 53 years," wrote Jacobs. "Gene and his staff will always be a part of the Auburn Family, and we wish them and their families the best."

Copyright WSFA. All rights reserved. 

 

 

  • DO YOU AGREE WITH AUBURN UNIVERSITY'S DECISION TO DISMISS HEAD FOOTBALL COACH GENE CHIZIK?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    YES
    61%
    1400 votes
    NO
    30%
    670 votes
    I DON'T KNOW
    9%
    196 votes
  • Auburn University fires football coaching staff after dismal season
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Moving nightmare: Kansas City family says movers stole all their belongings

    Moving nightmare: Kansas City family says movers stole all their belongings

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 10:50 PM EDT2018-05-24 02:50:13 GMT
    It can be a personal hell for many, but your average nightmare moving experience could be worse. Just ask the Keith family. (Submitted)It can be a personal hell for many, but your average nightmare moving experience could be worse. Just ask the Keith family. (Submitted)

    Never has anyone ever said moving is fun. It can be a personal hell for many, but your average nightmare moving experience could be worse. Just ask the Keith family. 

    More >

    Never has anyone ever said moving is fun. It can be a personal hell for many, but your average nightmare moving experience could be worse. Just ask the Keith family. 

    More >
  • 2 suspects charged with robbery that was caught on tape in Kansas City Apple Store

    2 suspects charged with robbery that was caught on tape in Kansas City Apple Store

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:39 PM EDT2018-05-24 01:39:49 GMT
    Submitted by Kansas City policeSubmitted by Kansas City police
    Submitted by Kansas City policeSubmitted by Kansas City police
    Charges have been filed against two suspects accused of grabbing thousands of dollars worth of electronics from the Apple Store on The Plaza.  Court records show Timothy O'Neal and DeVarrio O'Neal are suspected of stealing from Apple stores in six Texas cities and Apple stores in Mississippi and Arkansas, taking more than $300,000 worth of merchandise. They have been charged with robbery.  The robbery at the Apple Store's Plaza location was caught on camera and went viral...More >
    Charges have been filed against two suspects accused of grabbing thousands of dollars worth of electronics from the Apple Store on The Plaza.  Court records show Timothy O'Neal and DeVarrio O'Neal are suspected of stealing from Apple stores in six Texas cities and Apple stores in Mississippi and Arkansas, taking more than $300,000 worth of merchandise. They have been charged with robbery.  The robbery at the Apple Store's Plaza location was caught on camera and went viral...More >
  • Standoff in Overland Park ends with man's death

    Standoff in Overland Park ends with man's death

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 11:17 PM EDT2018-05-24 03:17:43 GMT
    (Submitted photo)(Submitted photo)
    (Submitted photo)(Submitted photo)

    The Johnson County Sheriff's Office said the man involved in the standoff Wednesday died from a self-inflicted wound.

    More >

    The Johnson County Sheriff's Office said the man involved in the standoff Wednesday died from a self-inflicted wound.

    More >
Powered by Frankly
KCTV 5 News

Online Public File:
KCTV  KSMO

Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2018, KCTV; Kansas City, MO. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.