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January 24, 2013

Gene Chizik to appear on ESPNU to provide recruiting analysis on Signing Day

AUBURN FOOTBALLAUBURN, Ala. – Former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik will be a special guest analyst as part of ESPNU’s daylong Signing Day coverage on Feb. 6, ESPN announced Thursday.

Chizik and ex-Tennessee coach Derek Dooley, two of the four SEC coaches fired after the 2012 season, will share “insight into their experiences with the day last year and first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to recruit in a conference that has nine schools ranked in the Top 20 class rankings”, per the release.

Chizik oversaw the Nos. 16, 6, 2 and 8-ranked recruiting classes in the country by Scout.com during his four years on the Plains. Scout currently tabs Auburn No. 26 nationally under first-year coach Gus Malzahn.

According to his terminated contract, any income Chizik incurs from media or television appearances is automatically deducted from his $7.7 million buyout. Chizik was dismissed Nov. 25, one day after the conclusion of the Tigers’ dismal 3-9 season.

ESPN also released it will have live reporters on the scene on 13 campuses, including Auburn’s, which will have Paul Carcaterra conducting coach interviews and up-to-the-minute news while commitments fax in their signed letters of intent.

ESPNU’s coverage begins at 9 a.m. ET on Feb. 6.

1 Comment

  1. OH…..I cannot believe there are no comments yet. This article BEGs for poking at. :)
    1) They sure aren’t inviting Dooley and Chizik on ESPN on how to coach.
    2) Wonder if they will have to “assess” how top recruiting classes don’t always turn into winning seasons ?….ahhh, I covered that in item #1….coaching.
    3) I know his termination contract said he had to try to find like work with reasonable effort but an “analyst”….wow, guess it proves anyone can do that job. If you watched the ND-AL BCS championship I just loved Urban Myers halftime assessment of what ND could do….”nothing”. How much do these guys get paid ?
    4) Now….I am not being fair I know…..I do think GC & DD can provide some true insight on how tough the SEC is….produce or walk.

    I’ll go on the record to say I think GC & DD are terrific people and I do wish them well. However, I will also state that Gus will do more with less in shorter time.

    Comment by Eric — January 24, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

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