Rita Chizik was 86 years old, the Birmingham News said.
This has not been an easy season for Chizik, but what has happened on the field doesn't compare to the sorrow of losing his mother. Chizik has handled Auburn's 1-6 start and constant questions about his future as well as could be expected, and our thoughts go out to him and his family as he deals with this bit of sad personal news.
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