This is a MESS. I've spent the last couple of days hoping to wake up from a nightmare. I've asked myself over and over again how our athletic director could possibly be this stupid? Is he REALLY this stupid? Is he REALLY that much of a failure? The stupidity and incompetence of Jacobs is staggering. I remember when just a few years ago when we were a national powerhouse.....in the BCS mix every single year. Now we are a national laughingstock. Everybody in the entire country sees the stupidity of this hire except Jay Jacobs. Why? What, in fact, is going on?
The latest I'm hearing is that, believe it or not, Lowder is actually not happy about the hire. The main driving force behind the hire has been Pat Dye with a few other prominent boosters, and Jay Jacobs actually being stupid enough to listen to them. The latest rumors swirling is that the reason Gene Chiszik was hired, and the reason so many 'no name' candidates were interviewed is that they were looking for a candidate that would agree to let someone else hire their staff. Chiszik was the only candidate that would ultimately agree to that. The way that this rumor will be verified is to look at who is hired on the staff. Reportedly, Dye wants to hire a bunch of ex-Auburn players on the staff. Watch and see. A good way to gauge the beginning of this is if Patrick Nix gets hired as offensive coordinator.
There are two positive things I am trying to take away from this. One: A lot of ex-Auburn players that used to play under Chiszik (Dontarrius Thomas, Karlos Dansby, Carlos Rogers, etc.) that are in the NFL now are speaking out in a positive way about him, saying that they loved playing for him, he's a good coach, etc. Hopefully this will help recruiting. Two: if Chiszik does fall flat on his face, as many expect he will, surely this is the end of Jay Jacobs. It'll take a year or two to get rid of him, but at least we'll be rid of him.
EDIT: Was confirmed this morning that all assistants were told to 'look for employment' during a meeting last night.....including James Willis. The only assistant that was actually GOOD at his job. The loss of Willis is a TERRIBLE mistake. He's a good coach and a fantastic recruiter. Let the stupidity begin.....