AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn University President Jay Gogue said he made the decision to hire football coach Gene Chizik, and he said he did it without seeking or receiving input from school trustees or other boosters.
Gogue told The Birmingham News in a story Thursday that the ex-Iowa State coach was the only candidate recommended by athletic director Jay Jacobs.
The hiring has drawn criticism by some Auburn fans because Chizik was only 5-19 in two seasons at Iowa State.
Gogue said he was "somewhat surprised" by the negative reaction.
Gogue said he wasn't involved in interviewing any other candidate before meeting with Chizik and Jacobs Saturday in Memphis.
The president also instructed Jacobs to get permission from a school's athletic director before interviewing a coach.