Gene Chizik: Not bitter on Auburn firing, mum on plans

Former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik. (

By JOHN ZENORAP Sports Writer

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Former Auburn coach Gene Chizik says he's not bitter about his firing two years after winning a national title.

Chizik says he's a "big boy, and I understand the business."

Chizik sheds little light on when he hopes to get back in coaching, or whether he'd be willing to go back to being an assistant.

He's still living in Auburn and has mostly stayed out of the public eye since his firing five months ago. Chizik spoke out Monday after Auburn reported the findings of an internal review into allegations of grade changes and improper inducements during the 2010 national championship season.

As for his tenure at Auburn, he doesn't "look back on anything here but a lot of fond memories."

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