Two years after winning the national championship, Auburn fired Gene Chizik today. While Bobby Petrino is expected to be a top candidate for the newly-created opening, don’t be surprised if Mark Stoops gets some play for that job.
CBS Sports’ Jeremy Fowler reported Saturday that Kentucky had interviewed the Florida State defensive coordinator as a possible replacement for fired head coach Joker Phillips.
But Auburn reportedly tried to hire Stoops last year for its open defensive coordinator position. One report had Stoops packing up and leaving Tallahassee to replace Ted Roof, who had left Auburn to be the DC. The report proved to be false and FSU ended up with the nation’s second best defense statistically, trailing only Alabama.
Chizik hired ex-Falcons defensive coordinator Brian Van Gorder and Auburn proceeded to go 3-9 overall and 0-8 in the SEC. Its defense was ranked 113th in the nation. Today, Chizik got the ax.
Meanwhile, Stoops and Florida State are preparing for Saturday’s ACC title game matchup with Georgia Tech.