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Gene Chizik releases "All In"

COLUMBUS (WTVM)- Auburn Head Football Coach Gene Chizik released his first book entitled All In: What It Takes To Be The Best. Chizik discusses his head coaching experiences at Iowa State and Auburn, intertwining football and his faith in God. Below are some tidbits from the book.

-Chizik had never even visited Iowa when he accepted the job at Iowa State.

-Always said his first order of business was to hire a team chaplain. But when he did at Iowa State, a faculty petition went out and the American Civil Liberties Union got involved. Eventually hired a chaplain but never called the position that officially.

-In his first season at Iowa State, Chizik said players didn't have an "expect to win" mentality.

-In his Second season at Iowa State, he decided to start redshirt and true freshman players to start building program.

-Compared interview with Auburn (while still coaching Iowa State) to "cheating on a spouse."

-Was on pain killers during the Auburn interview due to recent back surgery.

-Says Auburn offer didn't make sense from a football standpoint so he chalked it up to God.

-Chizik only spoke with Iowa State players for 5 minutes when he told them he was leaving. He never had individual meetings with players.

-Chizik family moved from Ames, Iowa to Auburn, Alabama in 48 hours amidst hostility from Cyclones fans.

-Told Tommy Tubberville's assistants "Assume you don't have a job." Only retained 3 members of Tubberville's staff.

-Called Ole Miss Running Back Rodney Scott after Zac Ethridge's injury. When Chizik asked Scott why he didn't move from under Ethridge, Scott responded that it was God that told him not to.

-Used Kodi Burns as an example for players throughout the 2009 season. Calls Kodi the "Ultimate Auburn man."

-Told Running Backs Coach Curtis Luper and Offensive Coordinator Gus Malzahn that he didn't want to recruit Cam Newton. Didn't want any Junior College transfers at quarterback.

-When Chizik found out about Cam's history at Florida and asked a Florida coach if he would sign Cam based on character alone; Florida Coach said yes.

-Cam missed the bus to the Kentucky game because he forgot his ID. He made it to the airport but got a lecture from Chizik that he wasn't bigger than anyone else.

-After the Arkansas game Chizik told Tigers: "Guys we can win it all."

-Tells of Onterio McCaleb's personal victories: his mother's cancer battle, his childhood home burned down but still had a 3.0 GPA during football season.

-Singing "Lean on Me" started during the team devotional the night before the Mississippi State game. After winning the game the players locked arms in the locker room and sang the song again.

-"All In" comes from Offensive Line Coach Jeff Grimes: used the phrase when discussing Colossians 3:23. Tim Jackson took the phrase from that meeting and turned it into a marketing campaign for the students and fans.

-Briefly mentioned Cam's eligibility: "We knew we had done nothing wrong during the recruiting process. If we'd had any level of concern regarding Cameron's eligibility, we would not have put him on the field and risked forfeiting games for playing an ineligible player."

-Son Cally's full name is Eugene Calloway Chizik III. Named him Calloway/Cally after former Stephen F. Austin player Calloway Belcher who died in March 1994 from a brain aneurysm during practice.

-Chizik's father won the Bronze Star during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II. Chizik Sr. was one of only a dozen who survived Sugar Loaf Hill.

-Reminds fans to be mindful of coaches' children: "You can be disappointed with a game's outcome or a team's season, but don't cross the line so the coach's kids hear you as criticizing their father."

-Coaching football is what Chizik does, not who he is.

-Before his head coaching jobs Chizik said he had football and he had his faith. Only once he became a head coach did he intertwine the two.

-Sees coaching football as a ministry.

-Says his coaching future is in God's hands: "God is bigger than 5-19."

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