Gene Chizik: I Sent Cam Texts Last Season About His Maturity Issues
Cam Newton’s coach at auburn, Gene Chizik, spoke with Mac about Cam’s development, Auburn’s success after he departed and breaking down the SEC championship game.
On Cam Newton’s success: I’m not surprised at all. he’s an unbelievable talent and people don’t understand how much a student of the game he is, he’s a big time student of the game. There’s nothing more than he wants to do than play football. It’s not about money or any of that stuff, it’s about playing quarterback and winning for his time. He’s very driven to do that. There’s nothing more important than winning to Cam Newton.
On Cam maturing: I saw one of his early press conferences and I texted him and told him you’re the most competitive guy I know, and it’s tough to lose, but you can wear your feelings on your sleeve that way. Cam’s extremely competitive and he takes losing personal and that’s why he’s different than so many people out there. I think he’s matured a lot in the last couple years.
On his view of Auburn’s success this year: It’s great for me to watch these young guys. We recruited them to win and win championships. We built a fantastic foundation there and we recruited great kids with a lot of talent. We were very young and they’ve grown up , Gus Malzahn has done a fantastic job coaching them and they deserve these wins. You have to give Gus, his staff and all the kids credit for winning all the close games. I’m happy for the kids, because I want them to experience success. I had a lot of success while I was there. Our last year didn’t go as planned, but that’s the business.
On whether Auburn should be ahead of Ohio State for the BCS championship if they win the SEC title: If you look at quality wins, the SEC can certainly make the argument they deserve to be in there, but the bottom line is if you go undefeated in a BCS conference you need to be in the game, period.