Remember Auburn football? Until recently, this was a program marked by a certain sense of underachievement. Every season they would be touted as national title contenders, only to suffer an early season loss, hide away in the middle of the rankings for a while, then crush Alabama in the Iron Bowl. Which kept everybody happy.
Until this season. This season, they lost the Iron Bowl at last after a six year winning streak. So coach Tommy Tuberville had to go.
And then, Auburn returned to its redneck roots with a vengeance.
One of the final two candidates for the coaching job was Turner Gill, who has turned around a dismal Buffalo program, going 8-5 with a massive upset win in the MAC title game, and a bowl berth for the first time in 50 years.
The other was Gene Chizik, who went 2-10 with Iowa State, 0-8 in the Big 12. No bowl berth, no organization, no apparent plan, and no future at Iowa State.
So Auburn hired Chizik.
The white guy.
Seriously. 2-10 and light skin beats 8-5 with a historically dreadful program and dark skin.
If anyone can come up with a better explanation for this hire, I'd love to hear it.