This song makes trees die.
"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."
It's a nice reminder that the SEC exists outside of football season.
They need to recruit someone named Q. Beeone.
The seemingly rash decision is the end of a precipitous slide. The duo seemed to have control of the football world in 2010 when they guided Auburn to a 14-0 record and a national championship. Newton then left for the NFL where he had statistical, but not wins and losses success in 2011, while Chizik's Tigers slid to an 8-5 record. The 2012 season has been far worse. Newton and Chizik have a combined 2-13 record and both have received heavy criticism nationally and from their own fanbase.
But they will no longer hear those attacks, because today the two men stand carefree on a beautiful remote beach 2,000 miles from Auburn, Ala., completely anonymous.
"I knew Cam had been talking to Chizik lately and they were talking about all the good times they had and how they were better off together," said Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith. "I guess those conversations developed to this. Cam has to live his own life, but I think he'll regret this. Chizik seems like he would get pretty boring and predictable after 10 minutes, let alone 30 or 40 years."
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He could be a little bit bigger.
In its defense, luxury boxes aren't part of its native habitat.
That's so wrong. Auburn paid him $200,000.
He thinks all dirty programs look alike.