Gene Chizik dismissed after four seasons at Auburn

      Auburn University has decided to part ways with head football coach Gene Chizik.

      "After careful consideration and a thorough evaluation of our football program, I have recommended that Coach Chizik not be retained," said Jacobs.{} "President Gogue has accepted my recommendation.{} Earlier this morning, I informed Gene that he will not return as head coach."

      The university announced the decision on the heels of a disappointing 3-8 season that ended with an embarrassing 49-0 defeat to in-state rival Alabama last Saturday. Chizik's career at Auburn ends after only four seasons on the Plains, and just two years removed from a BCS National Championship. His final coaching record at Auburn is 33-19.

      Jay Jacobs said he has formed a search committee to find Chizik's replacement which includes Auburn alumni Mac Crawford, Pat Sullivan and Bo Jackson.

      Potential Candidates (most recent position):

      Bobby Petrino, former Arkansas head coach

      Gus Malzahn, current head coach at Arkansas State

      Kirby Smart, current defensive coordinator at Alabama

      Jimbo Fisher, current head coach at Florida State

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      Chizik's Staff Members:

      Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers:{} Trooper Taylor

      Offensive Coordinator:{} Scott Loeffler

      Defensive Coordinator:{} Brian Van Gorder

      Offensive Line:{} Jeff Grimes

      Running Backs:{} Curtis Luper

      Linebackers:{} Tommy Thigpen

      Defensive Line:{} Mike Pelton

      Secondary:{} Willie Martinez

      Special Teams:{} Jay Boulware