New Auburn coach focuses on memory of Tigers' former winning ways

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 9:27am

HOOVER, Ala. – Gene Chizik wants to pick up where he left off at Auburn.

The 46 year-old was not around the last four seasons when the Tigers averaged four losses per season. He was not witness to last fall’s 5-7 debacle.

No, the last time Chizik was a part of Auburn football was the three years he spent as defensive coordinator. The last of those was 2004, the season Auburn went 13-0 but was shut out of the BCS championship game.

“I was blessed to be a part of an undefeated football season, and that’s the last memory I have,” Chizik said Friday, the final day of 2009 SEC media days. “It’s a great memory, and we’d like to try and get it back to that point.”

He sees his recollections of that season as valuable teaching tools as he attempts to create a brighter future for the Tigers.

“We don’t talk about it over and over and over and force feed them,” Chizik said. “They know it was one of the greatest seasons in Auburn history. We’re striving to get back to that point.”