There is a popular belief that Auburn Tigers head coach Gene Chizik could be on the outs following this weekend’s Iron Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide.
While many are criticizing Chizik for his team’s 3-8 record on the season and the embarrassing conference record where they have yet to record a name, the Auburn head coach is receiving some support from a familiar foe and his upcoming opponent — Nick Saban.
Saban was speaking with the media leading up to the game and, instead of taking a shot at Chizik, he showed his support for his fellow SEC coach.
“I personally think Gene Chizik has done a really good job,” Saban said, per the Montgomery Advertiser. “All I know is playing against him, it’s always a tough game. They’re always well-coached and they’re always well-prepared.”
It’s nice to see some respect being spread around the head coaching brotherhood instead of of the usual low blows and shots.
Saban also commented on recently fired Tennessee Volunteers head coach Derek Dooley, who coached under Saban during his time at LSU and in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins.
“Derek Dooley is a good friend,” Saban said. “He’s been very, very loyal for seven years working on our staff. Regardless of what he did or didn’t do at Tennessee, he’s still someone who is a professional colleague and a good friend who we would love to help in any way we can.”
Saban has won two of the last three national titles and he needs a win over Auburn to put him in position to make it three of the last four. While Saban has the utmost respect for Chizik, the two will be enemies on the battlefield when they face each on Saturday.