Iron Bowl rout all but seals Chizik's fate - SEC Blog - ESPNChizik called it a "sad performance," and said the Auburn fans and alumni didn’t "deserve" such a poor performance in a game that means so much to so many people in this state. As for what his message would be to the fans in terms of making a case for why Auburn should bring him back next season, Chizik said only, "I don’t have to make a case. Y’all saw what you saw out there." What everybody saw were the charred remains of a program that crashed and burned this season. The Tigers (3-9, 0-8) are just two years removed from winning a national championship, but it might as well be 32 years after a season like this. It was Auburn’s first winless season in the SEC since 1980 and the first time in school history that Auburn finished with an 0-8 record in league play. The Tigers will head into next season on a 10-game SEC losing streak, the longest in the league. Five of their eight SEC losses this season were by at least 17 points. "Any time you’re 3-9 in a season, it’s hard to stand up here and say there were a lot of positives," said Chizik, who would be owed a $7.5 million buyout. "We’ve got to coach better, and we’ve got to play better."