"Turner would've been the right hire. I still think he would've been the better hire," Barkley told Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham News.
Although Chizik guided the Tigers to a 7-5 season, the center of Barkley's argument comes down to name recognition.
"Look at the other coaches in the SEC," he said. "Nick Saban. Urban Meyer. Les Miles. Steve Spurrier. Houston Nutt. Mark Richt. Those names pop in your mind before Gene Chizik.
"Let’s not kid ourselves. As far as name recognition, Auburn is at a decided disadvantage. Not just in the state. In the SEC."
With Alabama headed to the Bowl Championship Series title game, Barkley said his "worst nightmare is coming true. I'm definitely concerned about Alabama going on a huge roll. I have great respect for Nick Saban. He's won everywhere he's been."
Update: Barkley appeared Tuesday morning on WJOX in Birmingham to clarify his side of the story, basically that "if the article insinuates in any way that I don't think Chizik did a good job, it's B.S." Listen to it by clicking here.