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Gene Chizik was dismissed as Auburn's head coach on Sunday, just two years after leading the Tigers to a BCS national championship, a source told Bruce Feldman of

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US PRESSWIREGene Chizik will not return to Auburn in 2013.

Tigers athletic director Jay Jacobs later released a statement announcing the news, which you can read here.

The Tigers finished the 2012 season 3-9 after getting thrashed by in-state rival Alabama 49-0 this weekend. They finished winless in SEC play, and the program is reportedly under another NCAA investigation.

Chizik went 33-19 in four seasons on The Plains, including his 14-0 campaign in 2010 when the team won the BCS national title and star quarterback Cam Newton won the Heisman Trophy.

Chizik's buyout has been reported as being slightly less than $8 million.

As I've speculated in this space before, there are plenty of viable candidates for this opening, including Nebraska's Bo Pelini, Louisville's Charlie Strong and Vanderbilt's James Franklin. On Monday at the NFP, I will post an updated list of candidates for this job.

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