AuburnUndercover.com is reporting that Louisville offensive coordinator Shawn Watson’s name has been mentioned by Auburn president Jay Gogue as a potential candidate if current Auburn coach Gene Chizik isn’t retained after this season.
Two years after winning a national championship with Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, Auburn’s football program has fallen on hard times. The Tigers are currently 2-7 overall and 0-6 in SEC play. Since winning a national championship in 2010, Auburn is 4-12 against SEC competition. Chizik is in his fourth season at Auburn and is without question on the hot seat.
It’s a little surprising to see Watson’s name being mentioned as a potential replacement at Auburn, considering he’s spent most of his career as a coordinator and didn’t have a lot of success in his one stint as a head coach. Watson was 11-22 in three season at Southern Illinois from 1994-96. It’s not that I don’t think Watson is capable of being a good head coach, but I’d expect a program like Auburn to go after a higher profile name.