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Ex-Tigers coach Gene Chizik doesn’t expect Auburn to move to SEC East

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Talk of Auburn moving to the SEC East again has bubbled up, with former coach Pat Dye and current coach Gus Malzahn saying it makes sense. But another former Auburn coach doesn’t think it will occur.

“In my opinion, it’s not going to happen,” Gene Chizik said Wednesday on ESPN 106.7’s “The Lunch Break” in Auburn. “If it was going to happen, it would have happened when they expanded to 14 teams (in 2012).

“Geographically, it makes sense. What I will say is that it creates a lot of unintended consequences when you start making moves. Sometimes it’s monetary. There are a lot of different things that can happen as a result that some people may not have the foresight to understand. There’s a lot of moving parts that the fan does not see. Just making the schedule — you have no idea with what goes into that with the people at the SEC.”

Chizik mentioned that the strength of schedule in the conference speaks for itself, and acknowledged that the idea of adding an extra conference game – going from eight to nine – is unlikely. From firsthand experience, he said most coaches in the conference likely would be against adding a ninth league game.

Here is the full interview with Chizik, who recently stepped down as North Carolina’s defensive coordinator after two seasons with the Tar Heels.

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