Former University of Auburn football coach Gene Chizik was fired Sunday, two years after leading the Tigers and current Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to a national championship. Chizik was 33-19 in four years at Auburn, but the Tigers finished 3-9 this season. Should college coaches get more time to prove themselves after a fall from glory?
I think coaches should have at least a few years to build a recruiting class and see how it goes from there. Oftentimes coaches inherit recruits, which can be a good or bad thing. I don’t think one or two classes can truly determine a coach’s capabilities until his true mark has been left on the field and he has sufficient time to develop talent. Alex Rostowsky-Daily Egyptian
In some cases, college coaches can get huge contracts after just one really good season. It’s only fair that they are on a short leash, because they are essentially getting paid to lead a team into a winning and successful culture. You get fired when you don’t do the job you are hired to perform. This also applies to coaches. Demario Smith-Phipps-Daily Egyptian
Chizik’s hire was questioned by many Auburn fans from the beginning, and his 19-19 record without Cam Newton at Auburn proves he did not deserve the job. If colleges and universities are willing to take on the burden of paying for a buyout, then they reserve the right to make these decisions. Nobody ever said coaching was an easy profession. Ben Conrady-Daily Egyptian