This is the third in our series of looking at the 10-year trends of SEC football teams.
Here’s a look at Auburn’s 10-year trend.
Only in the SEC can you win a national championship and be fired two years later. Poor Gene Chizik. With Cameron Newton as his quarterback, Chizik’s Tigers went undefeated in 2010, beating Oregon in the BCS title game. Then Newton departed. So did the wins. And then Chizik.
Former offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn takes over a program that went 11-14 the last two seasons. Malzahn was the OC when Newton and Co. ran the table. He stuck around for the 8-5 mark in 2011 before becoming head coach at Arkansas State. ASU went 9-3 overall and 7-1 in the Sun Belt.
Chizik is not the first Auburn coach to go undefeated and then be run out of town a short time later. Tommy Tuberville went 13-0 in 2004. He was out of job after going 5-7 in 2008. That’s when Chizik, a former defensive coordinator at Auburn, returned as head coach.