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Frank Sanders: Chizik ‘will probably get two more years before the guillotine parks itself on the Plains’

We’ve been looking for an excuse to post this photo before the Iron Bowl–thanks Ken!

Sporting News editor Ken Bradley has a knack for getting former Auburn players to open up about current players. Just before the 2011 BCS National Championship Game, we ran his interview with Brett Eddins about whether the 2004 Auburn team would have beaten USC in a title match. Now he’s asking former players whether the 2012 Auburn team can beat anyone—and more more specifically, what will happen to their coach if they can’t?

He Who Caught It At The Two And Dived In didn’t shy away from the question.

“Coach Chiz will probably get two more years before the guillotine parks itself on the Plains,” Frank Sanders, star receiver for the 1993 and 1994 Auburn Tigers, told Bradley. “Auburn doesn’t look good and this is again another growing pain season for the fans.”

Then Sanders asked his own question, one probably on the mind of most Auburn fans.

“The bigger question is why can’t we just reload?”

Because the bullets should be there, right? As Bradley notes, at least on paper, Chizik has built an arsenal of blue chip recruits since coming to the Plains.

Sanders’ solution?

“Chizik needs to some great junior college players ready to play,” he said. “We need to enter the season with ‘seasoned’ players—hungry and ready to compete on the Bama level. Much of our success and history comes from good, timely addition of junior college players. Most colleges shouldn’t be afraid of the junior college player because the timeline to keep the ‘blue chippers’ is not lasting four years.”

Bradley also asked former Auburn tight end Cole Bennett if Chizik could possibly be on the hot seat after a 1-4 start. Read his response here.

Photo: Sports Illustrated.

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