On Jan. 31 I posted a quote from Auburn Athletics’ chief fundraiser Tim Jackson to Kevin Scarbinksy of the BIRMINGHAM NEWS.
Here’s an excerpt from Scarbinskys’ story which contains the Jackson quote and an accompanying remark from Auburn Head Football Coach Gene Chizik affirming Jackson’s statement:
In a rare interview in his office Thursday, Jackson said the leadership of Auburn football breaks down like that of an NFL franchise. “Jay Jacobs is the owner. Gene’s the head coach. I’m the general manager.”
Chizik said their management structure “is probably unique in college football. This may not work for everybody else. It works for us. Everybody is on the same page.”
Two weeks before Jackson compared Auburn University’s football program to an NFL franchise, Auburn University Head Football Coach Gene Chizik gave an interview to FOX Sports Houston’s Bart Enis after Chizik won college football’s Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award.
Here’s Chizik’s first comment when reflecting on winning the award:
FOX Sports’ Enis:
“Wow, let’s add up the 2010 season for Auburn. An undefeated season and a national championship, the first one since 1957. A Heisman Trophy winner and Lombardi Award winner and now the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year award winner Gene Chizik. All I can say for 2010 is War Eagle”!
“Well I’ll tell ya, War Eagle and we’re blessed. I just feel so honored to be part of an organization that from top to bottom is first class. So many people who worked so hard. This is not an award for Gene Chizik, this is an award for so many people that really sacrificed a lot in the last five months.”
The interview is under two minutes, you can watch the rest by going here.
While you’re over there, can you do me a favor?
If you hear Chizik say “Auburn” or “University” a single time during the entire interview, let me know.
Then again, after reading Jackson’s comments about the “organization” Chizik referred to in the FOX Sports interview, why would he?