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    Gene Chizik - All Bridges Lead Out of Ames

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    As a fan, I often have to find other means to vent my frustration towards the happenings at Iowa State to help prevent the site from being too negative. The past few years, that has not been easy. As a past Gene Chizik defender and believer, it's all but impossible going forward.

    When Gene Chizik took over at Iowa State, he gave speech after speech to fans, faculty, players and recruits about what integrity, honesty and loyalty mean to him and his foundations as a person. He made it a point to let everybody know that he takes a hard line approach towards dishonest or disloyal people and that would be what he builds Iowa State Football's new foundation upon.

    As Chizik started to recruit better and better players, he made a rule that the recruits could not visit other schools after they committed to Iowa State or he would potentially pull their offer. His guiding principal was that you had to be a man of your word, nothing less. Anything less would mean you aren't qualified to be on his team or be a Cyclone.

    Well, after we find out that Gene Chizik himself has visited other schools after committing to Iowa State only two short years ago, this is one fan that no longer wishes to "offer" Gene a place in the ISU family. Of course coaches interview all of the time at bigger and better schools, but those coaches haven't gone 3-8 and 2-9 in their two seasons at their current school and had to put out a press release a few weeks earlier debunking claims that he stated to other coaches how he regretted ever moving to Ames and taking over at such a terrible program. Those other schools haven't been at a very fragile tipping point that could very well decide the future success of the program for the next decade.

    When Gene Chizik came under fire for his reported remarks with a OSU assistant, I was one that said we need to keep focus and remain behind our coach. Well, he is the one that has now officially plunged the dagger in the back of Cy and he will no longer belong in my circle of trust. I believed in Chizik because he seemed like the kind of guy we could all be proud of leading us to bigger and better things - it's now evident that he is only worried about taking himself to bigger and better things, regardless of what bridges he burns.

    It's perfectly normal and acceptable for coaches to interview at other jobs, especially jobs like Auburn, but given the circumstances and the fragile point our program is at, there is no excuse for the betrayal that we have seen the past 48 hours. There is, simply put, no way to rebuild the bridges from their ashes in my book.

    I realize Chizik hasn't signed papers yet and could still coach at Iowa State next year. For his recruits and players that gave him their all, I would certainly hope that to be the case - but this is one fan that will no longer personally and financially support Chizik. I will go to every home game, I will use the site in every way possible to help sell Iowa State Football, but I will no longer buy season tickets as long as he is our head coach.

    I am as loyal and honest as a person can be and once you cross me, you have pretty much burnt the hardest bridge there is to burn. I don't make quick or harsh decisions on people, I give them chances. Chizik had several more losing seasons in my book before I would have joined those calling for his head, but this act of betrayal goes far beyond losing seasons.

    For Iowa State's sake, the best thing that could happen at this point is for Chizik to leave so we can start the rebuilding yet again. One thing is obvious, Chizik is as big of a hypocrite as we've ever had coach at our fine institution and that is something I never thought I would ever say.


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    Re: Gene Chizik - All Bridges Lead Out of Ames

    Bye Gene. Hope you win about as much down there as you did here.



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    Re: Gene Chizik - All Bridges Lead Out of Ames

    yeah pretty much

    As someone else said, thanks for the 5 wins Gene. lol



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    Re: Gene Chizik - All Bridges Lead Out of Ames

    Which is none.

    IMO this is the best thing for the program. Good riddance Gene Chizik.

    Roll Tide.



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    Re: Gene Chizik - All Bridges Lead Out of Ames

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    I realize Chizik hasn't signed papers yet and could still coach at Iowa State next year. For his recruits and players that gave him their all, I would certainly hope that to be the case - but this is one fan that will no longer personally and financially support Chizik. I will go to every home game, I will use the site in every way possible to help sell Iowa State Football, but I will no longer buy season tickets as long as he is our head coach.
    I think a lot of people are going to have this exact feeling.



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    Re: Gene Chizik - All Bridges Lead Out of Ames

    Don't think the program can get much worse (well obviously it can), so good riddance.


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    Re: Gene Chizik - All Bridges Lead Out of Ames

    [quote=Jeremy;771024]CycloneFanatic.com
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    There is, simply put, no way to rebuild the bridges from their ashes in my book.


    Best statement yet, you are the man Jeremy



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    Re: Gene Chizik - All Bridges Lead Out of Ames

    I couldn't have said it better myself. I am definitely at a point now where I hope he gets the Auburn job. If he's here next year, maybe this is what I've been asking for all along. A way for me to be able to actually put ISU football behind me. I fell bad for the kids, but I just don't see how I can support Chizik.



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    Re: Gene Chizik - All Bridges Lead Out of Ames

    Quote Originally Posted by superdorf View Post
    I think a lot of people are going to have this exact feeling.
    I wasn't a season ticket holder but I was a donor. I'm not giving anything until I'm comfortable that football is moving in the right direction. Is that fair to other sports? Probably not but football is the big revenue sport. If it isn't on track, then nothing is.


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    Re: Gene Chizik - All Bridges Lead Out of Ames

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    It's perfectly normal and acceptable for coaches to interview at other jobs, especially jobs like Auburn, but given the circumstances and the fragile point our program is at, there is no excuse for the betrayal that we have seen the past 48 hours.
    But it is perfectly normal and acceptable for coaches to interview at other, more high profile, jobs.

    What I don't get is what happened in the last 48 hours to make this case not normal and acceptable?

    I'm not saying people shouldn't be upset and angry, but I don't get what makes this any different than any other coach moving up.



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    Re: Gene Chizik - All Bridges Lead Out of Ames

    Nick Saban will beat Chizik like a red headed step child year in and year out.



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    Re: Gene Chizik - All Bridges Lead Out of Ames

    I support ISU regardless of the coach, in the same way that I always do. I hope that the passionate reactions to this haven't painted us into a corner. Jamie should take into account fan reaction, player reaction and booster reaction to this situation, and make the call with a level head, which I believe he will do, and is what he is paid to do.



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    Re: Gene Chizik - All Bridges Lead Out of Ames

    Sorry, Jeremy, I can't agree. In this case you are actually burning bridges because Gene appears to be, because most on this site assume that he is.

    For one thing, something most are ignoring, despite Gene's policy that recruits not visit other chools, it's also apparent that some have done so--and still signed. The key difference that they asked, and were given permission.

    In this case, Gene didn't even ask. Auburn did. And Jamie granted that permission. So with that permission, your parallel to recruits keeping their word fails right there.

    I hope that if, in the end you are proven wrong, you are a big enough man to admit it. All of you. As I will be.



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    Re: Gene Chizik - All Bridges Lead Out of Ames

    Steve Alford the 2nd.



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    Re: Gene Chizik - All Bridges Lead Out of Ames

    Does this compare to the Falcons last year, a little bit? True, Petrino left before the season was over, but he left them high and dry. Seems like the Falcons are doing pretty good this year, and that is after everyone left them for dead, even Bill Parcells. I'm optimistic, sometimes a little too optimistic, but something good will come out of this, I hope.


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