Chizik Confident He Can Revive Auburn

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Auburn coach Gene Chizik said he feels confident he can turn the football program around.
   
The Tigers have slipped from a national title team two years ago to a miserable season. They're a longshot to pick up a win in the Southeastern Conference after Saturday night's 38-0 shellacking by No. 5 Georgia.
   
Auburn (2-8, 0-7 SEC) has been outscored 101-21 in its last two SEC games with a trip to No. 4 Alabama looming in two weeks after a game against FCS Alabama A&M.
   
What has gone wrong with the Tigers, who were 14-0 two years ago during Cam Newton's Heisman Trophy run?
   
"That's a little bit of a trap question for me, because anything that I'm going to say is going to sound like an excuse and I don't make excuses," Chizik said Sunday. "So we have a lot of things that responsibility-wise we have to claim as coaches. We've got times when we could have played better on the field when we were in position to make plays. It's a team game. You win with it and you lose with it, and we've won with it.
   
"I still think it really prompts you to really go back and start all over and re-evaluate. That's what we would in terms of starting over again with everything that we've done, every decision we've made and move forward."
   
Asked if that means he's confident he can turn the program around, Chizik responded: "That's very accurate."
   
But Chizik wouldn't talk about whether he'll even get that chance. He declined to directly answer questions about his job security.

University President Jay Gogue has issued a statement saying he would evaluate the football program after the season.
   
Chizik, who would be owed a $7.5 million buyout as of Dec. 1 if he gets fired, is talking about next season, not next month.
   
"I think you got to look under the hood of the car and you've got to figure out where the problems are under the hood and that's going to become a very extensive evaluation starting with a lot of different areas," he said. "I think that from there you can make very informed decisions on where you need to go with the next season and starting in January."

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