To be fair, Chizik was lucky they got Newton otherwise he'd have been an absolute bust of a hire. Maybe they get Gruden since he's been in the discussion lately as coming back (although he always is) if he wants to do the college route.
Newton & Chizik should be thankful for each other because neither would have made it without the other..
and let's not forget Chizik lost his OC...That played big part in downfall
Newton should be thankful to Gus Malzahn who should be thankful to the Auburn boosters and Gene Chizik should be thankful for all three. The perfect quarterback who fit Malzahn's no huddle spread system was paid for.
Gene Chizik was a terrible hire to begin with. His record at Iowa State was out and out terrible and how he got an SEC head coaching gig with such a shitty resume' is beyond me. Even at Auburn he was always average to terrible without Newton. He had Malzahn for a season after Newton left.
Yeah, but Gruden/Saban would be a hell of a coaching matchup.
And I don't think it would take Gruden long to get it together at Auburn. Jim Mora is doing great things already at UCLA. Granted, the Pac 12 and SEC are two different monsters and Auburn is in a bigger hole than UCLA was.
I'd imagine Gruden will be NFL bound, though. Maybe SD?