Auburn coach leaves for Texas
Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 5:52 a.m.
AUSTIN, Texas - Former Auburn defensive coordinator Gene Chizik joined Texas coach Mack Brown's staff Monday as co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.
Chizik replaces Greg Robinson, who resigned last week to become head coach at Syracuse. Texas also hired Oscar Giles, a former Longhorns and NFL defensive end, to coach defensive ends. He replaces Dick Tomey, who left to become San Jose State's head coach.
Chizik won the Broyles Award last Tuesday as college football's top assistant coach.
The Tigers (13-0) finished No. 2 in the final rankings behind national champion Southern California, but Chizik's defense was No. 1 in fewest points allowed - 9.6 per game.
"This is a very special year _ a year that comes along, I don't know, maybe once in a lifetime," Chizik said last week.
Nearly two-thirds of the points scored on Auburn this season came when the Tigers were already ahead by 20 or more points. Auburn also led the nation by allowing just one rushing touchdown and was fifth in overall defense at 267 yards per game.
Quarterback Marcus Vick was cleared Monday to rejoin the team after being suspended this season because of a night of drinking with underage girls.
The younger brother of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick joined his teammates for a meeting, re-enrolled at the university and started classes. The university and head coach Frank Beamer cleared the 20-year-old to return to all football-related activities after being suspended for the fall semester.
Marcus Vick was arrested in February 2004, along with teammates Mike Imoh and Brenden Hill, after an encounter with 14- and 15-year-old girls at the quarterback's apartment in Blacksburg. Vick avoided jail by pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge.
Vick also pleaded guilty to reckless driving and no contest to marijuana possession after a traffic stop last summer.
"I'm excited to be back - I missed this place," Vick said in a statement. "I know that I hurt a lot of people who only want to see me succeed. I'd like to try to make that up to them. I'm appreciative to the university and Coach Beamer for giving me this opportunity. Now I'm ready to put the past behind me and concentrate on the future."
A.J. Lindsay, a defensive tackle, will skip his senior season at Temple and make himself eligible for the NFL draft, his agent said Monday.
Lindsay becomes the third player to leave Temple early. Quarterback Walter Washington and linebacker Rian Wallace also have declared for the draft.
The Owls face an uncertain future after being kicked out of the Big East. They will play next year as an independent and an athletics task force is looking at the future of the program.
Lindsay, a transfer from Joliet College, started in six games for Temple. He had eight solo tackles and one sack.
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