Everything Bryan Harsin said during his opening statement in Atlanta at SEC media day

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The early sessions at SEC media day on Thursday featured Auburn Tigers head coach Bryan Harsin.

Many questions were going to surround the tumultuous offseason on the Plains when the Board of Trustees investigated the first-year head coach coming off a 6-7 campaign. It was no secret that this would be a topic of conversation and one that Harsin wasn’t really going to address given how often it has been brought up in the last five months.

Harsin did jokingly say that you could check on Google if you wanted the details of what transpired during the failed coup by the administration. Harsin did discuss his thoughts on going into his second season. The head coach also opened up about the three players that joined him in Atlanta.

Auburn Wire breaks down everything he said prior to the question and answer segment:

Bryan Harsin's opening statement

All right. Good morning, everyone. Glad to be here.

Before I get started, I do want to recognize someone that was a large part of Auburn history and Auburn football. I’ve got the privilege to hear some of the stories here, but Buddy Davidson, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 82, many called him Mr. Auburn. His life-long devotion to Auburn is second to none.

He came to Auburn as a student manager as a freshman from Montgomery, was part of the 1957 national championship season, became the SID after graduating. Also did that for 20 years. In 1981 became an A.D., assistant A.D., handling football and travel, other special projects. Retired in 2007.

This is what was fascinating to me: He saw every game, home and away, for 61 years, so 1957 to 2017, and he stopped his streak at 700 games as he suffered a stroke in 2014 that limited his mobility and speech.

Anyhow, to his family, our condolences, and thank you for the support and War Eagle.

Harsin on year two

Second time here. Excited to be here. I know some of you out there looking at me didn’t expect me to be here at this time. I’m going to dive into that here in just a second, address the grill in the room.

Really proud of where our team is at. I’ll talk about some of those guys that are with us today, the work we’ve been putting in.

Going back to what happened back in February, what I’m going to do now is address it. Moving forward, that will be the last time I talk about this subject.

There was an inquiry. It was uncomfortable. It was unfounded. It presented an opportunity for people to personally attack me, my family, and also our program. And it didn’t work.

Right now our focus is on moving forward. What came out of that inquiry were a lot of positives. There was a silver lining in all of this. What I saw from our players and our coaches was leadership opportunities for them to step up, which is exactly what they did. You got a chance to see guys provide leadership. You got a chance to see coaches provide leadership.

What it did is it united our football team, our players, our staff, our football team. I’m really proud of our guys. I’m proud of what something like that that could be very challenging and difficult for a lot of people, how our guys stepped up and handled it.

We had coaches and players that could have went to different places, avoided all the adversity and challenges. They didn’t could that.

They’re here working extremely hard. They’re doing a fantastic job, in my opinion, getting themselves ready to go for this season. That will be the last I talk about that. There’s plenty of interviews on it. If you want any more information on it, just go Google it (smiling).

As far as our team, there’s three players with us right now. Those being Tank Bigsby, Derick Hall and John Samuel Shenker.

Harsin on Derick Hall

Derick is a guy that is instrumental in our defense, playing on the edge. In my opinion, he has grown so much over the course of last season and this season. He’s a tremendous player, great worker, but just who he is as a person. That’s why he’s here representing our university. I’m excited about his progress he’s made and where he’s going with his game and also his leadership.

Harsin on John Samuel Shenker

John Samuel Shenker, recently married, all right? He’s settled down. One thing about John Samuel, he played baseball until this last year. We all know what the baseball team did. He was so proud of his guys, but I knew it was killing him as those guys got to do some of those fantastic things that our baseball team was able to do.

He’s going to have a tremendous season. Broke records last year as a tight end. Continues to improve each and every day. Just his mentality that he brings to our team and to this program is extremely important to our success

Harsin on Tank Bigsby

Then Tank Bigsby. Tank is obviously a fantastic player, but I think the most improved overall just in preparation, leadership and some of the things that we’ve seen from a really good, young player. His work ethic is second to none. He’s put in the work. He does it on the off days. He does it on Sundays. He does it every chance he gets. You’ve probably seen some of the videos he’s posted on things he’s doing.

Extremely proud of those guys and of our team and of our coaches just for the work they’ve been able to put in since January, spring practice, how we handled that, how we’ve handled the summer, some of the new rules and things that have come our way. Those guys have done a tremendous job.

I’m very fortunate to work with fantastic people and to be around fantastic kids. I am excited to be the head football coach at Auburn. I’m looking forward to this season getting started.

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