December 13, 2008

Iowa State's Chizik to take over at Auburn

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Iowa State's Gene Chizik will be the next Auburn coach, has learned.

Chizik has been the coach of the Cyclones the last two years, compiling a 5-19 record. Iowa State finished 2-10 (0-8 in the Big 12) in 2008. Chizik was defensive coordinator at Auburn from 2002-04, helping the Tigers go 13-0, win the SEC championship and finish ranked No. 2 in the nation. That year, he won the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach.

Auburn is replacing Tommy Tuberville, who coached the Tigers for 10 seasons. Tuberville compiled an 85-40 mark (52-30 in the SEC) with four SEC West championships and an SEC title in 2004. But the Tigers slumped to 5-7 in 2008 and missed the postseason for first time since Tuberville's debut campaign in 1999.

Prior to taking over Iowa State, Chizik was defensive coordinator at Texas from 2005-06, helping the Longhorns forge a 12-0 record in 2005 en route to winning the national championship.

From 1998-2001, Chizik was defensive coordinator at Central Florida. He also has served on staffs at Stephen F. Austin (1992-97) and Middle Tennessee State (1990-91).

Chizik, 46, is a native of Clearwater, Fla., and a 1985 graduate of Florida - where he played linebacker.

Tom Dienhart is the national senior writer for He can be reached at

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