What first-year coach Bryan Harsin said about his future with Auburn football

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AUBURN — After Auburn football's 24-22 loss to No. 2 Alabama in four overtimes Saturday, first-year coach Bryan Harsin was asked about reports that he was being considered for the head coaching job at Washington.

After referencing recruiting in his postgame press conference, he was asked if he's committed to staying at Auburn for the distant future.

"I’m always committed to what I’m doing. We’re just coming off a tough game. I came to Auburn for a reason," Harsin said. "Look at the history of my coaching career. This isn’t about me; this is about my team tonight. We played a good football team. We didn’t win. I’m disappointed. Our players are disappointed. I care more about what they think, and we've got to take care of those guys. There’s a reason why we came to Auburn, so just do the research and see the history of the things that I’ve been able to do and been a part of. There’s a reason why we’re here.

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"Auburn’s a great place. Love it. Love the community here. Love where we’re going with the program. Disappointed as hell, but at the same time, excited about the future and the things that we’re going to be able to do and the stuff that’s happening here in this program. So whatever you want to say with that right there, yeah. Those guys in that locker room know where I stand, and everybody in this program and this coaching staff knows where I stand. I love it here. Love the orange and blue, and we've got a lot more work to do. So we’re going to continue that. We’re not going to let anybody distract us from doing the work necessary to go out there and be the type of team we know we can be."

His first season ended with a four-game losing streak, but Auburn (6-6, 3-5 SEC) will be assigned to a bowl game next week.

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"As long as our guys stay focused, I will, and our staff (will), and we’ll be able to achieve those things at some point," Harsin said. "That’s the single-minded focus of this program coming from the head coach: Where we’re trying to go and how we’re going to do it."

This article originally appeared on Montgomery Advertiser: Bryan Harsin talks future with Auburn football after Iron Bowl loss