Auburn University president Dr. Jay Gogue announced today that he is firing former head football coach Gene Chizik again in the wake of allegations that Auburn players were paid and given passing grades during the team's 2010-11 BCS championship season.
"I just want to make it known that today I double fired Gene Chizik," said Gogue. "So I trust the NCAA realizes how serious we are about this. No need for them to punish us in any way — and there is especially no need for them to strip us of our national championship."
Gogue said he called Chizik this morning and informed him of his decision.
"Gene was initially confused, I think partly because he was asleep when I called and because he, you know, officially doesn't work here anymore," said the president. "But he eventually accepted the re-firing. He said we can fire him as often as we want as long as he can still keep his $7.5 million buyout, which he can."
Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs said the athletic department will cooperate with any investigation and offered to help the NCAA uncover other similar scandals in college football.
"We want this sport to be as clean as possible," said Jacobs. "If I can help the NCAA find infractions, I want to do that. For example, I read about a whole bunch of stuff that Alabama is doing. I can print out the allegations from the message board I was reading if the NCAA is interested. They should probably give Alabama the death penalty."
If the NCAA is not yet satisfied, Gogue and Jacobs stressed the university is willing to fire Chizik a third time.