Optimism Day is almost over. Our fifth and final new reason that Gene Chizik will at Auburn is ... drum roll please ...
Coaches can win at Auburn.
I think it's fair to characterize the Auburn tenure of two of Auburn's last three head football coaches as wildly successful. It's fair to say the other, at the very least, had his moments. It's fair to call those first two very, very good football coaches, and admit that the third could, at the very least, draw up some good offensive plays.
But if those first two men made the job, and the third at least did for a while, it's also fair to say: perhaps, to some extent, the job made them as well. Perhaps what what made the first two men successful wasn't only the abundant talents they shared, but, to some much smaller degree, the position they shared as well.
I m not suggesting that Auburn football will succeed even in the face of poor head coaching. But I do think it can help make poor head coaching a little less poor, perfectly mediocre head coaching something slightly above perfectly mediocre, good head coaching a little better, great head coaching a little greater.
I do not know what kind of head coaching Gene Chizik will provide. But his head coaching will be helped by being the head coach at Auburn. I believe this. Even now, even today, I believe this.
Hope you enjoyed Optimism Day, folks. See ya tomorrow.