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Chizik appreciates fan support, understands many care mostly about winning and losing

AUBURN, Ala. -- Head coach Gene Chizik's inbox has been busy. Not all of it has been bad, Chizik said at his Tuesday press conference.

"Fans are exactly what they are - they are fanatical. And I think that's a good thing," Chizik said. "I don't think you can throw an umbrella over every fan, and not just at Auburn, but anywhere and say, 'This is the way they all are.'

Chizik said fans have reached out to him, expressing multifaceted opinions.

"I've got hundreds of emails from a lot of great fans who are very supportive and understand that when you go through struggles, you continue on the path and you don't deviate off the path in terms of being who you are and pressing through those things," Chizik continued. "Then you have the other fans are caught up in the winning and losing so much, it's hard for them to see it that way.

"You know what? Both of those are fair. It depends on who you are. It depends on how you see things from a general perspective."

Having seen his team fall to 2-8, and needing a sizable upset at Alabama a week from Saturday to avoid the program's first-ever 0-8 SEC campaign, Chizik said showing thick skin is a necessity to deal with criticism, for everybody involved with the program.

"If that hurts your feelings and you can't handle that, then you shouldn't be a player or a coach, because that's what comes with the territory," Chizik said. "It's very simple - it's all about winning and losing. There are a lot of other things out there that really, really matter, but at the end of the day, a lot of people see wins and losses."

The Tigers host Alabama A&M, a 7-3 FCS squad, this Saturday during Senior Day Festivities at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Thirteen Auburn seniors will be recognized in a pregame ceremony.