The one word that keeps coming up is confidence. Gene Chizik mentioned he is confident that Jay Jacobs made the right hire, that Auburn had the right man, confident that he was going to win, confident that he had Iowa State pointed in the right direction. Chizik actually looked at Jacobs and said “you have the right man for the job.”
Now, I am not a psychologist, but this sounds an awful lot like he is trying to convince more than the Auburn nation. His former employer immediately issued statements that aren’t the most flattering. His former players aren’t happy. His possible future players are even bailing on him.
Look, failure can do things to a man. It can make him desperate. It can make him feel insecure. It can make him especially insecure if his boss’ career is tied specifically to his success. I can only surmise that Jay Jacobs and Gene Chizik are on the very shortest of leashes with the president and board right now. In the end, he didn’t couldn’t win the press conference. Now, at least all that is left is winning the games. Let’s see if the confidence can be translated into action. Auburn nation hopes he can.