Is Gene Chizik an exceptional coach or the luckiest man in the world?
It's nearly impossible to argue with success and today the second-year Auburn coach sits atop the college football world after his Tigers won the Bowl Championship Series title.
But only 758 days ago, Chizik was not held in such high regard. He was coach at Iowa State and had a two-year record of 5-19. His teams were undisciplined and the coaching staff disorganized. Against Kansas in 2008, the Cyclones blew a 20-0 halftime lead, a season in which the team failed to win a Big 12 game.