Dec. 14, 2008 — After going 5-19 in two seasons at Iowa State, Chizik, a former defensive coordinator at Auburn, was hired by athletic director Jay Jacobs.
Dec. 28, 2008 —Chizik hires Gus Malzahn from Tulsa to be offensive coordinator.
Nov. 11, 2009 — Auburn loses to eventual national champion Alabama 26-21 in the Iron Bowl at Auburn after holding the lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Jan. 1, 2010 — Auburn capped a 7-5 regular season with a 38-35 win over Northwestern in the Outback Bowl.
Feb. 4, 2010 — Auburn lands the first of three straight top-10 recruiting classes including the No. 4 national recruit, junior college quarterback Cam Newton.
Sept. 4, 2010 — Quarterback Cam Newton splashes onto national stage in season-opening 52-26 win over Arkansas State.
Oct. 23, 2010 — Auburn defeats LSU 24-17 with Newton making case for Heisman Trophy consideration with incredible touchdown run.
Nov. 5, 2010 — A report comes out that Newton’s father, Cecil, asked for $180,000 to send his son to play at Mississippi State.
Nov. 26, 2010 — Auburn fell behind 24-0 to Alabama in the Iron Bowl and Newton led a miraculous comeback, the biggest in the history of the rivalry, to win 28-27.
Dec. 4, 2010 — Auburn wins the SEC title over South Carolina 56-17 in Atlanta.
Dec. 11, 2010 — Newton becomes the third player from Auburn to win the Heisman Trophy, joining Bo Jackson and Pat Sullivan. Newton had 2,854 passing yards, 1,473 rushing yards and 50 total touchdowns.
Jan. 19, 2011 — Wes Bynum kicks a last-second field goal as Auburn defeats Oregon 22-19 in the 2010 BCS National Championship. It’s the second championship in program history and first in 53 years.
March 12, 2011 — Four players are arrested and charged with burglary. Chizik dismisses all four.
Oct. 13, 2011 — A 13-month NCAA investigation into the recruitment of Newton ends with Auburn being found to have done nothing wrong.
Nov. 13, 2011 — Auburn suffers its worst loss in 15 years as rival Georgia defeats the Tigers 45-7.
Dec. 13, 2011 — Offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn leaves to take the head coaching position at Arkansas State. Chizik has to replace both of his coordinators.
Jan. 9, 2012 — Chizik hires Brian VanGorder from the Atlanta Falcons to be the new defensive coordinator. A week later, Chizik hires Scot Loeffler to be the offensive coordinator, a radical change from Malzahn’s spread offense.
June 9, 2012 — Former players Ladarious Phillips and Ed Christian were killed and Eric Mack was injured in an apartment complex shooting which left three people dead and three wounded.
Aug. 25, 2012 — Center Reese Dimukes is arrested for public intoxication. Shortly after, Chizik institutes an unpopular 11 p.m. curfew and uses a private security firm to help enforce the curfew.
Sept. 27, 2012 — Wide receiver Quan Bray is arrested for driving with a suspended license.
Oct. 27, 2012 — Texas A&M gains a record 671 yards in a 63-21 win over Auburn. The Aggies put their second team in with 9 minutes left in the third quarter.
Nov. 10, 2012 — Georgia defeats Auburn in a 38-0 shutout.
Nov. 24, 2012 — Auburn loses 49-0 to No. 2 Alabama in the 77th Iron Bowl – the second most lopsided result in the rivalry’s history.
Nov. 25, 2012 — Chizik is fired. Auburn owes him approximately $7.55 million over the remaining three years on his contract.