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Auburn Football: Auburn is at a Crossroads

January 10th, 2011. The highest point ever in most Auburn fans eyes.  

Auburn had an historic season filled with suspense, led by arguably the best player to ever walk the college sidelines in Cam Newton.

After Auburn overcame the Ducks and Gene Chizik raised the crystal ball, us fans felt like we had finally earned our spot along the ranks of the big boys of college football.

Jay Jacobs looked like a pure genius, and Auburn fans were ready to give Gene a lifetime contract.

Close your eyes, fast forward two years later and you would think you took a wrong turn and ended up in Hiroshima sometime around 1942.

personally did not think much of the 2011 year before the season started because of all the players lost to graduation. The most common consensus among us fans was that 2012 would be a year to make another run to the big game. I think I may need to redo my calculations a couple more times.

The 2012 Auburn Tigers are clearly one of the bottom two teams in the SEC (Kentucky is giving us a run for our money). It is always alarming when a team is playing their worst ball 7 games into a season. When you see a team make the same mental mistakes, you got to wonder when coaching comes into play.

This 2012 team lacks both coaching and an identity. I really like Chizik as a person. I really believe he loves Auburn, and wants the very best for it. I just think the product on the field has just dropped to an all-time low, and there are few fans who would disagree with me.

I don’t think Chizik will be the coach next year. There is too much steam coming out from underneath the doors at the athletic complex. The problem is Jay Jacobs doesn’t seem to be competent enough to make a big time hire if duty calls.

Can Auburn stand here and watch the team on the other side of the state stroll towards their 3rd NC appearance in 4 years and do nothing about it?

It is a critical time in Auburn football history. A bad hire here could set Auburn back another 5 years with the pace Saban and co. are rolling.

The time is now to step up and right the ship on the Auburn program, and making a home run hire could do just that.

**This blog was written by one of our future writers John Porter

Follow him on twitter: JporterAu11

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