The Auburn athletic department simply had no choice but to part ways with 2010 BCS National Championship-winning coach Gene Chizik following one of the swiftest falls from grace in the history of college football.
The Tigers finished 2012 an abysmal 3-9 overall and did not win a single SEC game. However, reinforcements had been on the way in the form of an excellent 2013 recruiting class.
Now, with Chizik’s ouster, newly hired head coach Gus Malzahn and his staff are scrambling to keep those already committed on campus or to make sure these athletes still come to The Plains.
That goes doubly for two of the crown jewels of the 2013 class, Dee Liner (Muscle Shoals, Ala./Muscle Shoals) and Carl Lawson (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton).
Lawson had stated a while ago that he would be reassessing his options, and could no longer guarantee his commitment to the school. Liner, on the other hand, had been virtually silent on the matter.
Until the Under Armour All-America game, that is. There, he told reporters that he is still open to other programs — other programs such as in-state rival and winners of three of the previous four BCS titles, Alabama. ESPN recruiting expert Greg Ostendorf, in fact, sees Liner’s flip not as a rumor, but actually as an inevitability.
“First off, the staff has to feel good about its chances to flip ESPN 150 defensive tackle and Auburn commitment Dee Liner, who has similar size and plays a lot like Walker. One current Tide commit said he?s confident that Liner will end up signing with Alabama before it?s all said and done.”
Stay tuned, Bama Nation.