Two years after leading the Auburn Tigers to an undefeated National Championship win, Gene Chizik was fired.
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Former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik has accepted an offer to coach the North Carolina Tar Heels defense.
Chizik will reportedly receive a 3-year contract and will replace Vic Koenning, who was associate head coach for defense the past three seasons. Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora said last month that he and Koenning had reached a ”mutual decision” that Koenning would pursue other college jobs after the Tar Heels had one of the worst defensive years in school history.
The move, first reported by ESPN, marks Chizik’s first coaching job since being fired after four years as Auburn’s head coach.
Chizik coached Auburn to the 2010 national championship with Heisman Trophy-winning QB Cam Newton. The Tigers went 12-0 in the regular season – beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl, won the SEC Championship over South Carolina and beat the Oregon Ducks 22-19 to win the BCS National Championship game.
Chizik was also the Tigers’ defensive coordinator from 2002-04 and served as co-defensive coordinator at Texas during the Longhorns’ 2005 national-title run before a two-year stint as head coach at Iowa State. He went 33-19 in four seasons with Auburn, which included 3-straight bowl victories.