Once the news broke that Bryan Harsin had been relieved of his duties, the world as Auburn Football knew it began to shake, starting with Carnell Williams.
“Cadillac” found out 30 minutes following the official announcement of Harsin’s dismissal that he would take over as interim coach for the Tigers’ final four games.
As an Auburn Football legend, Williams says that he is excited to be in a position to give back to a program that has poured so much into his success.
“I mean, this place is dear to my heart, (Auburn) has done so much for my family and I, it has changed my life in so many ways,” Williams said during Wednesday’s SEC coaches teleconference. “So, for me to have an opportunity to give back to Auburn in this position as the leader, you know at times it’s heavy, but Lord knows I’m excited, I’m grateful, I’m honored, and I am ready to serve and give all I can to these players, this coaching staff and the Auburn family.”
After the news of Williams earning the title of interim coach, his former teammates issued a call to action for former Auburn players to show up to Jordan-Hare Stadium for Auburn’s next home game against Texas A&M on Nov. 12.
Fellow running back Ronnie Brown and quarterback Jason Campbell, who played with Williams from 2001-04, issued the challenge on Instagram, calling for former players to support Williams as he becomes the first black head coach in Auburn history, and the first Auburn alum to lead the program since Shug Jordan, who coached at his alma mater from 1951-1975.
Williams’ first game as head coach will be Saturday on the road at Mississippi State. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT.