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December 3, 2012

And so begins the transition … Auburn athletic facility removing Gene Chizik photo memories

AUBURN, Ala. — No new head coach in place yet. But memories of the old one are starting to leave the Auburn athletic complex.

Gene Chizik pictures which have adorned the walls of the facility’s lobby, lounge and entry-ways, have been removed eight days after Chizik was fired for overseeing the Tigers’ 3-9 football season. A mural of Chizik raising the 2011 BCS National Championship trophy had covered the main elevator, which has now been scraped off.

Other framed images of Chizik leading the Tigers onto the home field, and being showered by a Gatorade bath and embracing tailback Onterio McCalebb following the title victory, are also gone. They’ve been replaced by posed photos of Jordan-Hare Stadium and one of the university’s War Eagles.

One photo remained as of 11:30 a.m. Monday: a vertical shot of that Gatorade bath ensconced within glass artwork, overlooking a team lounge outside recruiting and athletic offices.

There is also a large ‘Two Men and a Truck’ moving van outside the front doors.

AL.com reported Monday the search committee has moved to Nashville, the home of committee member Mack Crawford to further discuss candidates. Arkansas State’s Gus Malzahn, Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, TCU’s Gary Patterson, Louisville’s Charlie Strong, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and former Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino continue to make up the rumored short list.

11 Comments

  1. Really?! Remove a picture of our crystal trophy just because it has the face of the coach the helped win it. Grow up Jay Jacobs! You can’t erase the fact that Gene Chizik was our coach no more than we can erase the fact that you were and still are our Athletic Director.

    Comment by Jeff — December 3, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

  2. They shouldn’t remove ALL of the Chizik pictures but I do think they over did it with all things Chizik. His face was everywhere when it should have been more focused on the players in my opinion.

    War Eagle!!!

    Comment by Stan McCullars — December 3, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

  3. Jay is out of town, and probably not the decorator. I would like to know who okay’d this move at this point in time.

    Me personally, I would show to the next coach that he would get that treatment when he wins a Championship.

    Comment by KoolBell777 — December 3, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

  4. Agreed with Jeff!!The picture of the crystal trophy should remain!It was won by the team!!War Eagle!

    Comment by Charlie — December 3, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

  5. Auburn has a history of covering up the past. They removed all evidence of Terry Bowden and Tommy Tuberville as well. The only former coaches allowed to be part of the décor are Shug Jordan and Pat Dye. As we all know, Dye resigned after a cheating scandal. Shouldn’t his likenesses be removed?

    Comment by Ed — December 3, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

  6. We should always remember that Coach Chizik gave us something that only Shug had given us before. I wish him well. May God smile on him.

    WAR EAGLE !!!

    GO BIG BLUE !!!

    Comment by domaucan1 — December 3, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

  7. Well said, Jeff.

    Comment by Simmons — December 3, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

  8. If they are going to keep a picture of Pat Dye, who got caught cheating, they should keep a picture of Coach Gene Chizik, he did coach the team with Auburn 2nd national championship.

    Comment by Dwyaine — December 4, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

  9. Should have both cheaters pictures up!

    Comment by Beau — December 4, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

  10. Typical of the low-class trash schools in the SEC. Pay Cam Newton to play for Auburn, win National Championship and then fire coach after the thugs leave campus.

    Honor, integrity, academic achievement have never stood for much at Auburn. Consider this a new low.

    Comment by Vandy Guy — December 4, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

  11. What?????????

    I have been waiting for Jeff Fisher or maybe even Jimbo or Bobbie!!!!

    Great job Pat, Bo and Mac. It took you two weeks for this pre-conceived choice.

    Comment by Grad '83 — December 4, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

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