The Auburn Tigers are one the most disappointing teams in the 2012 college football season. With just over a month remaining in the regular season, Auburn is staring up at every single team in the SEC West with an 0-5 conference record in 2012. They are at the bottom of the pack in one of the best conferences in all of college football, juts less than two years removed from winning the BCS National Championship.
But in Auburn, those days seem like forever ago.
Auburn is just 1-6 overall under head coach Gene Chizik, and things have gotten progressively worse. After a tough loss to begin the year against the Clemson Tigers, Auburn dropped a road game to the Mississippi State Bulldogs, although that is now not a bad loss. The Bulldogs are one of a handful of undefeated teams remaining this season.
Their next game was their only win of the season, a 31-28 home overtime win over the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks. It was not the best win, but it was a win over a decent team. Had Auburn gone on to win a few of their next games, all would be forgotten.
Or at least, forgiven
But that was not the case. Auburn has dropped four straight games. Losing by two points to the LSU Tigers is not a bad loss at all. In fact, you could say it was Auburn’s best game in 2012, even though it resulted in a loss. But losing games at home against the Arkansas Razorbacks and on the road to the Ole Miss Runnin’ Rebels and Vanderbilt Commodores are borderline inexcusable.
That may have led Auburn University President Jay Gogue to issue the following statement on the university’s website. If you read through some of the lines, it does not bode well for the future of Chizik at Auburn.
A Message to the Auburn Family about Auburn FootballThe Auburn spirit is part of everything we do – in the classroom and beyond. It includes the spirit we show when we support those who represent us on the playing field.Later today, Auburn students and the local community will gather to cheer on the football team as they practice. I encourage others to follow their example by coming together and getting behind the young men who wear the orange and blue each fall Saturday.In the past few weeks, many of you have contacted me, and I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to share your thoughts about the football program. I know your concerns are sincere and heartfelt, and I share many of them. As we do every year, the football program will be evaluated in an objective, thorough and professional process.For everything there is a time, and now is the time to support. The young men and women – our students – who make up Auburn University are grateful for the dedication of their extended Auburn Family. So am I.War Eagle!Jay Gogue