Three of Alabama’s permanent opponents are searching for new coaches.
Multiple reports say Auburn has told Gene Chizik today he won’t be back as the Tigers’ head coach, adding him to a list that includes Tennessee’s Derek Dooley and Arkansas’ John L. Smith.
All three coaches suffered blowout losses to Alabama. Arkansas fell 52-0 to the Crimson Tide, which marked the Razorbacks’ worse home loss since 1913. Auburn fell 49-0, which is the Tigers’ worse SEC loss since 1948 when they lost 55-0 to Alabama.
Dooley’s Vols lost to Alabama 44-13, which was a third straight 31-point loss to the Tide.
Tennessee finished 5-7, Arkansas 4-8 and Auburn 3-9. Dooley is owed a reported buyout of $5 million in installments over three years, but Smith is not owed anything. He signed a 10-month contract, and Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long released a statement Saturday saying Smith wouldn’t be retained.
In addition, Kentucky, which is on Alabama’s 2013 schedule, is looking for a coach, too. The Wildcats have fired Joker Phillips.