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4. Gene Chizik

Team: Auburn
Record: 32-18
2012 Record: 2-8
2011 Salary: $3.5 million

Chizik's firing would seem surprising given that he won the BCS National Championship just two seasons ago. But after losing Cam Newton to the 2011 NFL draft Chizik's team slipped to 8-5, and when offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn left to coach Arkansas State this season Auburn promptly got off to a 2-8 start. That's not a good look for one of the sport's highest-paid coaches. It would cost Auburn around $7.5 million to buyout Chizik's contract, and we say it's a price worth paying to get out of the SEC's cellar. (AP Photo)

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