Auburn Fans All In For Chizik Book Tour

Auburn Coach Gene Chizik discusses his book signings and his week tour.

Opelika, Ala.—For Auburn Head Football Coach Gene Chizik it has been a whirlwind week. From New Jersey to Atlanta to Birmingham to Montgomery to Pensacola and finally home, Chizik has been on the road signing his new book "All In: What It Takes To Be The Best".

On Saturday Chizik was in Pensacola in the morning before getting back to the Auburn/Opelika area for his signing at Books A Million. With over 300 fans in attendance including some that were there before 8 a.m., Chizik said it has been a very rewarding week for both the book and his foundation AllInForYouTurn.

"It was very important for me to get out and promote the book," Chizik said. "I think it's an easy read. I think it's applicable for pretty much everybody out there. You don't have to be a football fan or a football coach. It's a great story of a journey of young guys and a very special season as we all know.

"It has a lot about family and team building that I thought there would be some good behind the scenes messages that would be interesting. There is a component of faith in there that is very important to me and my family. All of those things I do on a daily basis as it relates to my personal life and Auburn football."

Josh Harry has his book signed by Chizik

First in line on Saturday morning was Opelika native Josh Harry. Getting there at 7:40 a.m. he said it was just a fun time for him and friends and he wouldn't have missed it for the world.

"It was real important to me because I really look up to Coach Chizik and the kind of man he is and what he's brought to the program," Harry said. "I just wanted to come out and support his book and meet him."

The book tour started in New Jersey on Tuesday and Chizik said he was very surprised to see over 200 Auburn fans waiting to get the book signed. He said that trip and the rest of the week just shows what the Auburn Family is all about.

"It was incredible," Chizik said. "We had people driving from Philadelphia, from upstate New York, from Connecticut. I think the most refreshing part about it was that it was just a great picture of the enthusiasm overall for Auburn football right now. It's off the chart.

"It has been great," he added. "It doesn't matter where we've been, we could be in Florida or Alabama or New York or New Jersey, the reception has been incredible. People just have a great enthusiasm right now for Auburn football and the direction the program is going overall."

With so much enthusiasm surrounding his book and the week of travel it has also been a trying week for Chizik, freshman Quan Bray and the Auburn Family. Earlier this week Bray's mother was shot and killed by his father in LaGrange. On Saturday the funeral for Tonya Bray was held and while Chizik was in Pensacola his wife and over 30 current Auburn players gave support to Bray. He said it's just a horrible tragedy and they'll continue to do whatever they can for the family.

"It's a tough situation for him and his family" Chizik said. "We're going to continue to do what the Auburn Family does and that is to embrace and love him and get him through a real tough time in his life."

Now with the book tour winding down and vacation time over with for his staff, Chizik said he's ready to get the season started in 2011 to see what the future holds for the Auburn Tigers.

"My expectations are always the same, it doesn't matter if we're playing 22 true freshmen or we're playing however many new faces," Chizik said. "The standard has already been set at Auburn. That is we have to win championships and graduate our players. It's that simple. We're going to do right on and off the field. That's the standard and it hasn't changed."

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