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November 13, 2012

Chizik: Has received '100s' of supportive emails

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All that has put plenty of heat from fans on Chizik, who said criticism is part of the job.

"When you get into this business as a player or a coach, if that hurts your feelings and you can't handle that, then you shouldn't be a player or a coach because that's what comes with the territory," he said. "It's very simple — it's all about winning and losing. There are a lot of other things out there that really, really matter, but at the end of the day a lot of people see wins and losses."

Chizik said the 13 seniors who will be recognized before their final home game against Alabama A&M deserve "an outstanding" reception from fans.

That group includes leading tackler linebacker Daren Bates and top receiver Emory Blake, along with tailback Onterio McCalebb and injured tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen. They played on two 8-5 teams and for the 2010 national champions before this season's slide.

"After this last game, after we play Alabama, I believe I'm going to be able to forget about this year and move on," McCalebb said. "I have to move on with my life. I'll be a man and I'll be out there in the real world doing the things I want to do.

"I definitely didn't want to have a season like this, but you win some and you lose some. Ten years from now, I'm going to look back and say something a lot of people can't say: I won a national championship."

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