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November 13, 2012

Chizik: Has received '100s' of supportive emails

— AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn coach Gene Chizik said he understands the anger of fans over this season, but has also heard from some who are more supportive.

Chizik said Tuesday that he thinks both perspectives are fair given that the Tigers have fallen to 2-8 and have only one more chance to avoid a winless Southeastern Conference season — a visit to No. 4 Alabama following Saturday's game against FCS Alabama A&M.

"Fans are exactly what they are, they are fanatical," Chizik said. "And I think that's a good thing. I don't think you can throw an umbrella over every fan, and not just at Auburn but anywhere and say, 'This is the way they all are.' I've got hundreds of emails from a lot of great fans who are very supportive and understand that when you go through struggles, you continue on the path and you don't deviate off the path in terms of being who you are and pressing through those things.

"Then you have the other fans who are caught up in the winning and losing so much it's hard for them to see it that way. You know what? Both of those are fair. It depends on who you are. It depends on how you see things from a general perspective."

Chizik said Sunday he feels confident he can turn this program around. It remains to be seen if he'll get that chance.

Auburn President Jay Gogue issued a statement on Oct. 25 saying he shares fans' concerns about the football program and that it will be evaluated after the season.

The Tigers are coming off a 38-0 loss to No. 5 Georgia and also fell 63-21 to No. 9 Texas A&M two weeks ago, prompting thousands of fans to leave both games early. The only home sellout was a 12-10 loss to No. 8 LSU.

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