AU Assistant Chizik Headed For Texas

Gene Chizik will be taking a job at the University of Texas.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville will be looking for a new defensive coordinator and secondary coach with Gene Chizik accepting a position as co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at the University of Texas.

The Longhorns scheduled a press conference for Monday afternoon to announce that Chizik has been hired. Chizik said he sees the University of Texas as the pinnacle of college coaching and notes that he hopes going to another region of the country will jump-start his quest to become a head coach. The 43-year-old assistant says that is his career goal.

His Auburn defense was ranked No. 1 nationally in fewest points allowed this season. Chizik has been defensive coordinator of the Tigers the past three seasons after coming to AU from the University of Central Florida.

Last week Chizik won the Frank Broyles Award that is presented annually to the nation's top assistant coach.

Chizik was announced as the winner on Tuesday at an awards ceremony. The third year Auburn assistant helped the Tigers win the SEC title and finish 13-0 with a defense ranked No. 1 in the nation in fewest points allowed. The Tigers were also ranked fifth nationally in total defense.

He personally coaches the secondary. Two of his four starters earned first team All-America honors--cornerback Carlos Rogers and safety Junior Rosegreen. Rogers was named the top defensive back in the nation.

During the regular season, the Tigers allowed just one rushing touchdown, the lowest number since the 1957 national championship team. His defensive team has not allowed an opponent to rush for 150 yards in the past 17 games and hasn't allowed a running back to rush for 100 yards in a game during that time.

Chizik coached the safeties his first two years at Auburn. This past season he also coached cornerbacks with the Tigers adding an extra offensive coach when Al Borges joined the staff to coordinate the offense and handle the quarterbacks. Phillip Lolley, who coached cornerbacks last year, is working in an administrative role coordinating relations with high school and NFL coaches.

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