March 28, 2009

Chizik running tight ship

Auburn football players have a different look these days when they roam the athletic complex.

Thanks to new rules implemented by Auburn coach Gene Chizik, the players aren't wearing hats or earrings or chains inside the complex. Players aren't allowed to wear their cleats inside or keep messy lockers either.

Instead, they're dressed in Auburn gear and told to keep the accessories to a minimum.

"It's all part of the plan," Chizik said Saturday. "You wouldn't go into your living room and throw all your socks and your towels. This is Auburn. Respect it. That's what we're trying to get them to do.

"And when you're out in public, make people know who you are because you're doing it the Auburn way. When people see, make them understand right now, 'That must be an Auburn football player because I can tell with the way he carries himself.' That's important to us. That's what we talk to them about every day, and we're going to be unbending on that."

Several players have worn jewelry and/or hats during interviews in the past.

Under Chizik's rules, that has changed within the first few days of practice.

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