Chizik: Still has confidence in Auburn assistants

Associated Press Modified: October 21, 2012 at 7:19 pm •  Published: October 21, 2012
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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn coach Gene Chizik said he has confidence in his assistants and that he feels "a very, very high sense of responsibility" to Tigers fans.

The Tigers (1-6, 0-5 Southeastern Conference) are off to their worst start in 60 years and have the nation's 119th-rated offense.

Chizik said his assistants will be evaluated at season's end, as usual.

"At the end of every year we go back and we evaluate everything that everybody does, just like we've done every year that I've been here," he said. "We've got five games left. Our one focus for the next five weeks is nothing but trying to win a game, and that's it. At the end of every year, just like we do, we go out and evaluate everybody as I get evaluated."

Auburn is coming off a 17-14 loss at Vanderbilt and hosts No. 22 Texas A&M Saturday to start a four-game home stretch. Chizik was asked how rough the start has been on him.

"I don't ever really think of things for me on a personal level," he said. "I think about everybody around me. I think about the Auburn fans. I think about the players and coaches. I'm the head coach at Auburn, so it's really not about me. It's about everybody else and everybody else's expectations and things of that nature. I don't take that lightly. I feel a very, very high sense of responsibility. This is not where any of us wanted to be, but I also know that the only way you can continue to drive forward and forge forward is keep working at it.



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