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Chizik's Buyout Might Not Be as Big as You Think

But if we're at the point where we're dissecting his buyout, that's just an all around bad sign.

It's Official: Ted Roof Leaves Auburn for UCF

The rumors/reports from yesterday are true. Ted Roof has left his post as defensive coordinator at Auburn to take the same job at UCF. Given those circumstances, it was likely a case of him being told to find a new job before getting fired. While Auburn did win a national championship with Roof on the job, the 358 points his '09 defense helped allow were easily the most in school history at the time. The 2011 team has allowed 352 so far with the bowl game to go. Coincidence or not I don't know, but the DC job at UCF is one that Roof's now-former boss Gene Chizik had from 1998-2001. That immediately preceded Chizik's first stint at Auburn that began in 2002.

Auburn Extends Chizik's Contract, Gives Raise

Auburn announced today that is has extended Gene Chizik's contract through 2015 and given him a raise to $3.5 million annually. While that's an impressive chunk of change, it seems odd to me that his contract only extends five years into the future for a guy Auburn AD Jay Jacobs called "the best coach in college football." This is the SEC though, where job security never extends all that much into the future.

NCAA is Investigating Auburn's Tiger Prowl

After the Birmingham News submitted a records request for information on any NCAA violations that Auburn's infamous Tiger Prowl might have generated, the school turned it down because Tiger Prowl itself is being investigated by the NCAA. The Tiger Prowl was something Gene Chizik and his staff instituted in 2009 to allow the coaches to tour various high schools together. That year they used limos; in 2010 they used a festively decorated bus. The NCAA enacted a rule banning schools from sending more than two coaches to a high school in an evaluation period in April 2010, putting the kibosh on the event. The school issued this statement to the News: "The NCAA is not reviewing Tiger Prowl as individual violations. They are reviewing the entire event as a whole. Therefore, the investigative phase of this event is still on-going and we are currently working with the NCAA."

More on the Auburn-Race Controversy

And the Valley Shook, SB Nation's LSU blog, does an expert job of breaking down in detail something I touched on in my post on the role of race in Auburn's decision to hire Gene Chizik: How "racially neutral" hiring practices can still put black candidates at a disadvantage.

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