Auburn's Chizik goes back to defensive roots

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn coach Gene Chizik has gone back to his roots.

He's pulling double duty as defensive coordinator through the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Virginia while seeking a replacement to Ted Roof, who left for the same post at Central Florida.

Chizik is also coaching linebackers for the Tigers. He says he's "doing a good juggling act right now."

Chizik is taking over a group that ranks 11th in the Southeastern Conference in scoring and total defense.

He made his name as a defensive coach, though. He was Auburn's defensive coordinator for three seasons, fielding two Top-5 defenses and a group that yielded the nation's fewest points in an undefeated 2004 campaign.

Then he followed that up as co-defensive coordinator on the next season's national title team at Texas.