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College football personality Paul Finebaum gave his props to coach Bryan Harsin on Wednesday after his SEC media day appearance.
In an interview with McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning, Finebaum said that he respected Harsin for how he handled the media amidst his survival of an attempted coup during the offseason.
Here is what Finebaum had to say about Harsin:
“I didn’t know what was going to happen with Bryan Harsin…I nearly forgot about (the story) with everything else that is going on. (We were) thinking about all the expansion news and so much else that when he stood up there I forgot they almost fired him at Auburn. (We were) struck by what he said and how he said it because he could have chosen a lot of paths. What I respect about Bryan Harsin is that he met it head on. He did not eqivocate, he didn’t cover for the people who wanted him out, but he laid it down. He said, ‘you guys tried to fire me and you failed.’ I really respect that.”
Harsin did address the attempt at his SEC media day, but he kept it short and explained that it would be the last time he would talk about what happened during the offseason. He explained that there were “a lot of positives” that came from the inquiry over him and that he— and the team were now focused on “moving forward” as the season is set to begin.
The team and Harsin have a chance to impress Finebaum even more with their play on the field as the Tigers are set to gear up against the Mercer Bears in their season opener on Sept. 3.