How many years does the grace period last for a coach after he wins a national championship? Gene Chizik might be able to answer that pretty soon.
Auburn won the national championship at the end of the 2010 season. Cam Newton was an all-world Heisman Trophy winner on that team. Gus Malzahn was the offensive coordinator. Chizik and Auburn look lost without them.
Arkansas deserves credit for its 24-7 win at Auburn. The Razorbacks got themselves off the floor and won a SEC road game. Those players have to feel great about getting a decisive win after such a rough stretch. Arkansas even went deep into the playbook, pulling out a double reverse pass to extend its lead to 17-7:
On the other side, this isn't a game Auburn could lose. Arkansas' last four weeks included a home loss to Louisiana-Monroe, a 52-0 loss to Alabama, a home loss to Rutgers, and a 58-10 loss to Texas A&M. The Razorbacks looked like a team that had given up.
Now, Auburn's dedication to its coach will be tested.
While Pat Dye wouldn't trade Chizik for 10 Nick Sabans, Chizik was just outcoached by one John L. Smith. Auburn's offense looks horrible - remember, Alabama and Texas A&M scored 110 points against Arkansas, yet Auburn couldn't break double digits at home against the Razorbacks. Auburn is now 1-4. The Tigers' only win is a 3-point victory against Louisiana-Monroe at home. Oh, and the stinker against Arkansas came after a bye week.
Chizik's national championship seems like it happened a lot longer than two seasons ago.
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