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According to Auburn's 247 site (Phillip Marshall), there has been a lot of chatter this week that Gene Chizik could be retained. The current coaching staff is at least telling recruits they will be back and are scheduling Official Visits for recruits after the season. Marshall indicates that AD Jay Jacobs' job appears to be secure at this point regardless of what happens to Chizik.

If Chizik is replaced, here is the list of candidates who Marshall mentions will be considered:

Jimbo Fisher (Florida State)

Gus Malzahn (Arkansas State)

Kirby Smart (Alabama -- DC)

Bob Stoops (Oklahoma)

Jeff Fisher (St. Louis Rams)

Obviously, some seem more realistic than others.

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According to Auburn's 247 site (Phillip Marshall), there has been a lot of chatter this week that Gene Chizik could be retained. The current coaching staff is at least telling recruits they will be back and are scheduling Official Visits for recruits after the season. Marshall indicates that AD Jay Jacobs' job appears to be secure at this point regardless of what happens to Chizik.

If Chizik is replaced, here is the list of candidates who Marshall mentions will be considered:

Jimbo Fisher (Florida State)

Gus Malzahn (Arkansas State)

Kirby Smart (Alabama -- DC)

Bob Stoops (Oklahoma)

Jeff Fisher (St. Louis Rams)

Obviously, some seem more realistic than others.

If Auburn somehow loses to Alabama A&M this weekend (I highly doubt it), then I see no way that Chizik keeps his job. Not that I understand how he could survive this year anyways. As for that list, I'm glad to see Georgia fans aren't the only unrealistic ones when discussing potential coaching candidates.

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I think it's fairly safe to cross Stoops and Fisher off that list. Malzahn and Smart seem like the most rational candidates on that list. Fisher has a good thing going at Florida State, I just don't see him leaving.

I hope they do keep Chizik, a few wins next year could get him another year after that.

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I've heard Jimbo mentioned as a potential replacement even on ESPN by guys like Herbstreit, Why would he leave what he's built up thus far at FSU for a program in shambles at AU?

I don't see it happening. Why would he trade the keys to a porsche that he built, for a grimlin he would have to totally rebuild. Some people say yeah well maybe he wants to be in the SEC... Bull crap, he has stated numerous times he wants to take the easiest route to stay undefeated. But if he were to leave I do think he would take D.Craig with him which would cripple our recruiting and rumor is Jameis Winston would seek transfer. Just don't see it happening.

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I don't see it happening. Why would he trade the keys to a porsche that he built, for a grimlin he would have to totally rebuild. Some people say yeah well maybe he wants to be in the SEC... Bull crap, he has stated numerous times he wants to take the easiest route to stay undefeated. But if he were to leave I do think he would take D.Craig with him which would cripple our recruiting and rumor is Jameis Winston would seek transfer. Just don't see it happening.

Greetings to the Artist Formerly Known as Cody but that was my same line of thinking. Jimbo has re-stocked the cupboard with talent down at FSU and is in a position where if he runs the table in his conference he stands a great shot at a national title and even if he's got a loss like this yr more than likely he'll still be in the BCS. Just making sure I wasn't the only crazy one who felt this way...

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LOLOLOL Stoops and Fisher

What the **** ever happened to journalistic integrity? Fisher and Stoops are just names being thrown out to draw in viewers. I mean seriously Fisher has 0 reason to leave the Rams for a college job, the guys has 4 first round picks for that team over the next two years and a very good young corp of players.

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LOLOLOL Stoops and Fisher

What the **** ever happened to journalistic integrity? Fisher and Stoops are just names being thrown out to draw in viewers. I mean seriously Fisher has 0 reason to leave the Rams for a college job, the guys has 4 first round picks for that team over the next two years and a very good young corp of players.

An Auburn fan can correct me if I am wrong but I believe Jeff Fisher's son is in school at Auburn. I think that is the connection.

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I know bama would have no problem putting 50 up on auburn, but I think Saban will go the same route as the Dawgs. They know they are going to kill them, so why risk losing a key player for the title game. You want to play guys and keep them sharp, but keeping them healthy is just as important at this point in the season.

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This sums up my concerns pretty well. Everyone is terrified that Gogue is going to be complacent and keep both Jacobs and Chizik.

http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2012/11/scarbinsky_can_auburn_presiden.html

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - You may listen to their opinions, but you don’t let recruits or players decide whether to keep a coach.

You should listen to their opinions, but you don’t let fans tell you whether to keep an athletics director.

You don’t take a poll before you make a critical personnel decision that will affect the most public part of a major public university for years to come.

That said, one question has to be asked as Jay Gogue gets closer to making or revealing what will be the most-scrutinized personnel decisions of his tenure as the Auburn president.

Is he ready to weather the storm he’s going to set off if he retains AD Jay Jacobs and/or head football coach Gene Chizik?

Gogue was on the job when Jacobs hired Chizik, although it was noted at the time and should be remembered that the president was away on business the day the AD introduced the new coach.

The hiring of Chizik may have been the most divisive decision in the modern history of Auburn athletics - but it’ll pale in comparison to the backlash if Jacobs or Chizik is allowed to keep his job after the worst Auburn football season in more than half a century.

Auburn fans have flooded my email in-box in recent weeks, and the overwhelming majority of them have supported sweeping change at the top of the athletics department and the football program.

Those letters have come from a cross-section of Auburn people, like the 1984 Auburn pharmacy graduate. He said his wife and their children also graduated from Auburn. He said he has been a Chizik supporter, but no longer.

He said he now supports both Chizik and Jacobs stepping down and the school starting over.

There was a letter from another Auburn graduate, a lifetime member of the alumni association. He said it’s embarrassing to watch the Tigers play football in Jordan-Hare Stadium or on TV. He said a new coach and AD would give Auburn fans hope.

He added that this is an opportunity for Gogue to show if he’s a leader.

A former Auburn coach - not in the sport of football - took time to write. He questioned the leadership of the athletics department he witnessed under Jacobs.

A former member of the Auburn athletics administration also sent a letter raising similar questions with different examples. He said he believes that, unless the current athletics administration is replaced, personal values will be placed ahead of professional decisions and Auburn won’t be able to reach its true potential.

Another letter came from an Auburn graduate who applied for one of the recent open spots on the board of trustees. He questioned whether the current board has the experience and the guts to make the tough decisions about athletics he believes have to be made but expressed his hope that the board and Gogue will come together to make those decisions.

And on and on it goes. One letter after another. One frustrated Auburn fan, graduate, former employee after another.

They express their frustration at Chizik and his coaching staff. They express their frustration at Jacobs and his administration. They express the hope that Gogue and the board will see the need for change, but they also share the fear that nothing will change.

That Gogue will retain Jacobs. That Jacobs will support retaining Chizik or, if he’s given a voice in hiring a new coach, won’t learn from the mistakes he made during the last search.

The letters keep coming, and the clock continues to tick.

This time, Gogue can’t pass the buck. He can’t leave on other business. He has to make two very important and very public decisions, and he has to face the consequences whichever way he goes.

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