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Monday, October 19, 2009

Chizik blames Kentucky loss on lack of execution

I wrote a follow-up story for today's newspaper about Auburn's lack of execution against Kentucky. Here's how it starts:

AUBURN, Ala. — Gene Chizik thinks this is the time of the college football season when there are no more secrets or surprises.

“They have seen pretty much the gamut from us everywhere,” the Auburn coach said Sunday, a day after his team’s baffling 21-14 loss to Kentucky. “It becomes, in my opinion, at this point in the season, how well you’re executing.”

The Tigers (5-2, 2-2 SEC) struggled with their execution in all phases against the Wildcats, their second straight loss and one that is sure to set off panic from Auburn nation as it prepares for the most difficult stretch of its season, with remaining games at LSU, vs. Ole Miss, at Georgia and vs. Alabama.

“This is new for us, for this coaching staff,” Chizik said. “We make it very clear to our guys that we play through all the momentum swings, the good and the bad. And your circumstances don’t dictate who you are. You’ve got to keep doing the same things you’ve been doing to get to five wins. When we have opportunities to win games, we’ve got to do the things that allow you to win games, and last night we didn’t.”

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Anonymous said...

Blaming a loss on lack of execution is one of the worst coach-speak violations on record.

AU62 said...

Chizik and his assistants should take the responsibility for the huge amount of penalties that Auburn committed. 12 men in a huddle (that's poor coaching), and the many off-side penaties in your home stadium are the result of poor coaching. Late in the game after Tate got within 1 yard of first down, the team committed 4 consecutive penalties without even snapping the ball. That's pathetic!