College Football: Bradford wins the Heisman

December 13th, 2008

Tonight at the Nokia Theater in New York City another college football player was awarded the Heisman Trophy, adding another member to the prestigious fraternity. Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford (1,726 points) won the trophy in a close vote, becoming the fifth Sooner to win the honor. Texas quarterback Colt McCoy (1,604) was second while 2007 winner Tim Tebow (Florida) finished third with 1,575 points. Tebow had the most first place votes, but now it will be Bradford who looks to avoid the "Heisman hangover" that hits so many winners in their bowl games. Why does this happen? Combining more than a month for opponents to scout you along with the notorious banquet circuit is a good equation to start with. Oklahoma will take on Florida on January 8th in the BCS National Championship Game in Miami.

But on a day in which the stage was to be left for college basketball besides the Heisman presentation, Auburn found a way to make one of the more confusing moves in recent coaching history. According to ESPN, sources at Iowa State have confirmed that Gene Chizik will be the replacement for the departed Tommy Tuberville. According to Auburn Tuberville resigned, but his mother said in an interview that he was essentially fired. And given the ill-conceived trip to Louisville to hire Bobby Petrino a few years back, it's hard to believe the Auburn administration on this one.

Chizik was defensive coordinator at the school for three years, the last of which (2004) he led the nation's top scoring defense (the year the undefeated Tigers watched USC blow out Oklahoma for the national title). But in two seasons as the head coach in Ames, Chizik racked up a 5-19 record. Tuberville, who went 5-7 this season, was 85-40 in ten seasons on The Plains. With Nick Saban leading rival Alabama to an undefeated regular season and a shutout of Auburn (ending a six-game losing streak in the series), it was clearly the wrong time to miss out on a bowl game. But to have this chain of events shows that there's more wrong with Auburn's football program than just the head coach.