We saw the first coaching change in the SEC this season on Monday as Auburn made the unsurprising decision to fire second-year coach Bryan Harsin following a 41-27 home loss against the Arkansas Razorbacks.
This is a move that was expected by the end of the season, and some thought Harsin could be let go ahead of the Tigers’ bye week after they lost to Ole Miss two weeks ago. This news comes on the wake of reports that Auburn has hired Mississippi State athletic director John Cohen to the same position.
In less than two full seasons on the job, Harsin finished 9-12 with a 4-9 record in the SEC. Harsin is 1-9 in his last 10 games against Power Five teams with the lone win coming against Missouri thanks to a fumble at the goal line that bailed AU out, and he sits at 3-5 (1-4 SEC) this season.
breaking: Auburn has fired HC Bryan Harsin, per a release from the school pic.twitter.com/BBQeh4nOYM
— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) October 31, 2022
Harsin certainly didn’t garner a lot of sympathy with his abrasive tone in press conferences this season after he narrowly survived a booster-led coup attempt in the spring. With Harsin’s short-lived tenure now at an end, it was a day of rejoicing for Auburn fans and others in college football that have a bone to pick with Harsin.
Bryan Harsin walking into the office in his costume getting fired. Smh. Cold world.
— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) October 31, 2022
Bryan Harsin going as PAID for Halloween https://t.co/T4lQyAs5G0
— Bunkie Perkins (@BunkiePerkins) October 31, 2022
Auburn fired Bryan Harsin on Nick Saban's birthday.
— Barrett Sallee 🇺🇸 (@BarrettSallee) October 31, 2022
Auburn’s new AD meeting Bryan Harsin pic.twitter.com/NxDj3svZ4b
— Pregame Empire (@PregameEmpire) October 31, 2022
Auburn has spent over $36 million in head coach firings in less than two years.
Bryan Harsin Buyout: $15 million
Gus Malzahn Buyout: $21 million
— AJ Spurr (@SpurrFM) October 31, 2022
Who Auburn should target to replace Bryan Harsin, in order:
1. Deion Sanders
2. Lane Kiffin
3. Hugh Freeze
4. Matt Rhule
5. Dave Aranda
— Adam Spencer (@AdamSpencer4) October 31, 2022
Bryan Harsin when he walked in his office this morning. pic.twitter.com/4bCxahhTbI
— Touchdown Alabama (@TDAlabamaMag) October 31, 2022
Bryan Harsin at his birthday party tomorrow: pic.twitter.com/4lQdE8C9iD
— JP Acosta (@acosta32_jp) October 31, 2022
Bryan Harsin after finally getting fired. pic.twitter.com/8Z6moma86v
— Ben Stevens (@BenScottStevens) October 31, 2022
Bryan Harsin fired? I can’t even pretend to be shocked.
— Jayde Saylor (@JaydeSaylor) October 31, 2022
Bryan Harsin listening to the AD after hearing he still gets his $15 million buyout pic.twitter.com/W6EYswrRUa
— BetMGM 🦁 (@BetMGM) October 31, 2022
Bryan Harsin now has the best job in America: a fired college football head coach
— steven calcutt (@Stevencalcutt) October 31, 2022