Iowa State Athletic Director Jamie Pollard has confirmed that head football coach Gene Chizik will leave after only two seasons and five wins at the head Cyclone football coach.
Pollard released this statement:
"Gene (Chizik) confirmed for me today that he is accepting the head coaching position at Auburn. I’m disappointed for our Iowa State fans and student-athletes that he has chosen to leave our program after only two seasons. I understand that it (Auburn) is a dream job for him, but the timing and the way it played out has been hurtful and disappointing. Although this is a significant set back, we will get through the challenge because the Iowa State University athletics program is far greater than one person."
The move by Chizik comes just about one month after Chizek denied reports he was unhappy in Ames and loved the community and the job, and said he was "on a journey" to turn the program around. Chizik said at the time he was happy at Iowa State and was still glad he left his job as defensive coordinator at Texas to take over the program.
Chizik was just 2-10 this last season and did not win a Big 12 Conference game. Chizik has a 5-19 record in two seasons with the Cyclones.