Auburn Fires Coach Bryan Harsin After Less Than Two Seasons

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn fired coach Bryan Harsin on Monday after lower than two seasons, ending a rocky tenure by which the proud program struggled to compete within the Southeastern Convention.

Harsin went 9-12 total and 3-5 this yr. Auburn has misplaced 4 straight video games whereas struggling towards Energy 5 opponents, together with a 41-27 loss to Arkansas on Oct. 29 that proved the ultimate straw. Auburn will owe Harsin 70% of his remaining contract — greater than $15 million — and half of that have to be paid inside 30 days.

“President (Chris) Roberts made the decision after a thorough review and evaluation of all aspects of the football program,” the varsity stated in a quick assertion saying the transfer.

“Auburn will begin an immediate search for a coach that will return the Auburn program to a place where it is consistently competing at the highest levels and representing the winning tradition that is Auburn football,” the assertion stated.

Auburn canceled its weekly soccer soccer information convention about 90 minutes earlier than Harsin was scheduled to talk. The varsity didn’t instantly title an interim coach. The Tigers play at Mississippi State on Saturday.

Harsin was employed away from Boise State in December 2020 and Auburn gave him a six-year, $31.5 million deal. He by no means got here near replicating his previous success or making the Tigers aggressive within the SEC, and he did not sustain with rivals Georgia and Alabama on the sphere or on the recruiting path.

These outcomes had been unacceptable to a program that gained a nationwide title in 2010 and performed for an additional in 2013, when it gained the latest of its eight SEC championships.

Auburn has misplaced three straight bowl video games, together with the Birmingham Bowl towards Houston beneath Harsin. That was Auburn’s fifth straight loss and the Tigers dropped to 6-7, their first dropping season since 2012.

The 45-year-old Harsin turns into the primary Auburn coach to finish his tenure with a dropping report since Earl Brown went 3-22-4 from 1948-50, not counting interim coaches. He went 3-10 after profitable six of his first eight video games and gained 4 occasions in 15 video games towards Energy 5 opponents.

The Tigers struggled all through the season, with the usually dependable protection giving up 40-plus factors 3 times whereas the offense by no means solved its personal issues.

The warmth on Harsin rose after a 41-12 loss to Penn State and didn’t cool off a lot after that. A listless 42-10 loss to No. 1 Georgia emphasised the expertise hole going through the Tigers, who subsequently fell to Mississippi and the Razorbacks.

Harsin stated after the loss in Athens that he focuses on the issues beneath his management however added that the enjoyment of teaching “never goes away.”

Auburn is tied with Texas A&M for final within the SEC West at 1-4. A lot of Jordan-Hare Stadium had emptied out by the fourth quarter towards Arkansas.

“Obviously from the outcome of the game, nobody’s going to feel what we did was good enough,” Harsin stated. “I think everyone is in there hurting, which we should be.”

Harsin is proven through the Tigers’ loss to LSU in an NCAA faculty soccer sport on Oct. 1 in Auburn, Ala.

AP Photograph/John Bazemore, File

Athletic director Allen Greene, who resigned in August with 5 months left on his preliminary five-year deal, made the out-of-the-box rent of a coach with no SEC background. Harsin had gone 69-19 in seven seasons at Boise State, his alma matter.

Harsin survived a college investigation into his program within the offseason that was initiated by then-President Jay Gogue following heavy turnover on his roster and training employees.

Three-year beginning quarterback Bo Nix left for Oregon, the place he has led the Geese to a No. 8 rating and 7-1 begin. Defensive coordinator Derek Mason left for a similar job at Oklahoma State, and Harsin fired offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.

His first alternative to exchange Bobo, Austin Davis, accepted the job after which modified his thoughts, citing private causes. Auburn wound up standing by Harsin — on the time.

With all that as a backdrop, Harsin struggled to usher in prime recruits. His 2023 class was ranked forward of solely Missouri and Vanderbilt within the SEC, in keeping with the 247Sports composite rankings.

When spring opened, Harsin stated he wasn’t bitter.

“I’m a guy that wants to move forward, that wants to get better, that wants to keep moving,” he stated on the time.

One former participant had stated Harsin handled the crew “like dogs,” although others rose to Harsin’s protection. The investigation ended with Gogue decrying the “wild speculation” and misinformation within the “feeding frenzy” surrounding Harsin, whose contract ran via the 2026 season. He didn’t specify the character of that hypothesis.

Harsin’s tenure ended with Auburn owing one other large payout. Like his predecessor, Gus Malzahn, the quantity stays the identical even when Harsin accepts one other job. The varsity paid Malzahn, now the coach at UCF, $21.5 million after his firing.

Malzahn was fired after going 6-4 in 2020, however he didn’t have a dropping report in eight seasons. Gene Chizik, who gained the 2010 nationwide title, went 3-9 two years later and was fired.

One dropping season — and the sturdy chance of one other — was all it took for Harsin to lose his job.