12:05 PM Saturday

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According to auburnundercover and auburnsports Iowa State head coach Gene Chizik the leading candidate for Auburn’s head coaching position at this time. Chizik had an impressive interview with AD Jay Jacobs Thursday but his 5-19 record (2-14 in the Big 12) in two years as a head coach would be a tough obstacle to overcome.

Also, while ISU is certainly not an easy school to recruit to, Chizik’s first two classes in 2007 and 2008 ranked 60th and 62nd respectively in the Rivals.com team recruiting rankings. ISU’s 2009 class, which includes 16 public commitments, is currently ranked 76th.

Chizik had much more success as an assistant at both Auburn from 2002-04 and Texas in 2005-06. His 2005 defense ranked 10th nationally helping Texas to the National Championship. Chizik’s 2004 defense led the nation in scoring as Auburn rolled to an undefeated season. He also earned the Frank Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant in 2004.

Chizik coached three straight Jim Thorpe Award winners: Auburn’s Carlos Rogers in 2004, Texas’ Michael Huff in 2005 and Aaron Ross in 2006.

-the only thing about this that would please me would be if they were interviewing to gauge his interest in a DC position…

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