Tag Archives: Gene Chizik

Was race the issue?

Buffalo head football coach Turner Gill is doused at the end of their 42-24 victory over Ball State in the Mid-American Conference NCAA championship football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Friday, Dec. 5, 2008. (AP)

Buffalo head football coach Turner Gill is doused at the end of their 42-24 victory over Ball State in the Mid-American Conference NCAA championship football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Friday, Dec. 5, 2008. (AP)

Charles Barkley was very adamant in who he wanted to take over his Auburn Tigers when on TNT for NBA coverage last week. And with Auburn’s decision, Barkley is screaming foul.

Barkley called for Auburn to hire ex-Nebraska coach and quarterback Turner Gill — now head coach at Buffalo University. Barkley sited Gill’s wonderful job at Buffalo and his ability to turn a once laughing stock of Division I football into a conference champion in just three years.

However, Auburn decided to hire Iowa State head coach Gene Chizik instead.

Barkley came out after the official announcement of Chizik and claimed the only reason the Tigers didn’t hire Gill was because Gill happens to be an African-American.

“I think race was the No. 1 factor,” said Barkley, who played basketball for Auburn before a long NBA career. “You can say it’s not about race, but you can’t compare the two resumes and say [Chizik] deserved the job. Out of all the coaches they interviewed, Chizik probably had the worst resume.”

And you know what? Barkley has a point. Continue reading

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Chizik set to coach Auburn

Iowa State football coach Gene Chizik waits to walk onto the field with players, including Ben Barkema, left, and Todd Blythe, right, before a game against Kent State, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007, in Ames, Iowa. Chizik is in his first year as Iowa State coach. (AP)

Iowa State football coach Gene Chizik waits to walk onto the field with players, including Ben Barkema, left, and Todd Blythe, right, before a game against Kent State, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007, in Ames, Iowa. Chizik is in his first year as Iowa State coach. (AP)

Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard said in a statement that head coach Gene Chizik has been hired to replace Tommy Tubberville at Auburn.

“Gene [Chizik] confirmed for me today that he is accepting the head coaching position at Auburn,” Pollard said. “I’m disappointed for our Iowa State fans and student-athletes that he has chosen to leave our program after only two seasons.

“I understand that it [Auburn] is a dream job for him, but the timing and the way it played out has been hurtful and disappointing. Although this is a significant set back, we will get through the challenge because the Iowa State University athletics program is far greater than one person.”

With that in mind this hiring has to raise some eyebrows — I know it raised mine.

Is Gene Chizik really the best fit for the Auburn job? How can anyone at this point in time justify Chizik to lead a program to prominence? What has he shown to make anyone confident that he can do the job?

I’m sorry, and I don’t really mean to attack Chizik personally, but the job he’s done at Iowa State was poor — at best. He took over for a team that was on a high and quickly brought them back down to Earth. Continue reading

Oklahoma clearly cream of Big 12 crop

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford (14) celebrates with offensive lineman Brian Simmons after Oklahoma scored a touchdown against Missouri during the second quarter of the Big 12 Championship football game Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP)

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford (14) celebrates with offensive lineman Brian Simmons after Oklahoma scored a touchdown against Missouri during the second quarter of the Big 12 Championship football game Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP)

The Big 12 Conference Championship is over, and there is a clear cut winner of the conference.

With all the controversy that has befallen the conference and the inclusion of the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12 Championship game over Texas, I still think the correct team was in the game. And I have a feeling that Missouri thinks so too.

Last night, Oklahoma bludgeoned the Tigers of Missouri to the tune of 62-21 — marking the fifth straight game the Sooners had scored 60 or more — and in all reality clinching a spot in the BCS Championship Game.

Yes, a rematch between OU and Texas would be great fun to watch, and I wish it was possible. However, without that game to watch, Oklahoma just looks like the better team right now. Not only that but I believe the Sooners have the best chance of beating Florida in the BCS Championship.

Texas is a great team, and they are second by just the slimmest of margins. But, they are a clear second in my opinion. Anyway, here’s my Big 12 rankings: Continue reading

Tech now atop Big 12

Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree (5) lifts up his arms after he caught the game-winning pass from quarterback Graham Harrell (6) in the final seconds of an NCAA college football game against Texas in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008. Texas Tech won 39-33. (AP)

Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree (5) lifts up his arms after he caught the game-winning pass from quarterback Graham Harrell (6) in the final seconds of an NCAA college football game against Texas in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008. Texas Tech won 39-33. (AP)

Ok, this is a day late but I’ve been busy with class and everything. Because I’m so late, I’m going to do a different format, no game by game breakdown, but I’ll speak on each team individually.

So here’s your look at the Big 12 after last weekend.

  1. Texas Tech (9-0, 5-0), previously No. 3, is now atop the standings for the Big 12. This past weekend the Red Raiders impressed by beating the Texas Longhorns in Lubbock, TX., in what is obviously an “instant classic.” This game is well worth watching if it’s replayed anywhere.
  2. Texas (8-1, 4-1), previously No. 1, lost to Tech but at the last second when it looked as though they had the game in their hands. I must say that after watching that game I came away still thinking Colt McCoy deserves the Heisman — he did everything he could to win that game and the defense let him down.
  3. Oklahoma(8-1, 4-1), previously No. 3, beat down on a mistake-prone Nebraska team in Norman over the weekend. The Sooners showed just how fast their offense can move, and it is truly scary to watch. I’m just glad I’m not a defensive coordinator who will have to deal with that offensive machine.
  4. Oklahoma State(8-1, 4-1), previously No. 4, stayed steady with a win over Iowa State in Ames, IO. The Cowboys once again showed how good they can be, and so far in Big 12 play they have the best scoring defense in the league. This weekend they will travel to Lubbock Continue reading

Breaking down Huskers vs. Cyclones

Iowa State's Austen Arnaud, right slips past Baylor's Jason Lamb, left in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008 in Waco Texas. (AP)

Iowa State's Austen Arnaud, right slips past Baylor's Jason Lamb, left in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008 in Waco Texas. (AP)

This week Nebraska travel to Ames, Iowa to play the Cyclones of Iowa State. This will be an intriguing game to watch, seeing as Iowa State is a team that is rebuilding just like the Huskers.

The Huskers come off an encouraging, yet heart-breaking loss to Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas last weekend and Iowa State comes off a demoralizing defeat at the hands of Baylor in Waco, Texas last weekend.

So without further ado, here’s a breakdown of positions for tomorrow’s clash. Continue reading