TAMPA, FL (WBRC) – Some Auburn Tiger fans will be disappointed, but Auburn Head Coach Gene Chizik says there will be no staff changes for his team. This comes after Auburn Defensive Coordinator Ted Roof took heat on several message boards after some Auburn losses.
Roof seems pretty relaxed when it comes to the criticism. "If you listen to those things, good or bad, you've got to treat it all the same," says Roof.
Head Coach Gene Chizik noted similar feelings about fan criticism. "When you're in this business long enough, you know the nature of the game," said Chizik. "Everything is going to the coordinator, good or bad. So, you've got to take the good with the bad."
Injuries and a lack of depth caused Auburn to finish dead last in the SEC in scoring defense and 51st in total defense. Still, they feel like the system is not broken. "I think we've been doing a great job. I think he(Roof) is a great coach," said Defensive Lineman Jake Ricks.
Roof will admit that there are situations that he feels Auburn could have done better in, but says "The bottom line is that we've moved through some things and we'll continue to do that."
Currently, the Auburn football team is healthy and preparing for the New Year's Day scheduled Outback Bowl. Fans will know then if they will get to see Ted Roof's true defense.