Cadillac Williams ‘grateful’ for stint as interim Auburn coach

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Auburn interim head coach Carnell “Cadillac” Williams took the blame for his crew’s 49-27 loss to Alabama within the Iron Bowl on Saturday. There have been too many errors, which he stated he was accountable for.

However Williams could not assist however look again on the final month since Bryan Harsin’s firing and really feel delight for the best way gamers, coaches and workers responded. Since then, with Williams as interim coach, Auburn went 2-2 with wins over Texas A&M and Western Kentucky.

Williams has participated within the Iron Bowl as a participant with the Tigers and mirrored on including one other chapter in his historical past with the rivalry. Regardless of the result of the sport, he could not assist feeling overwhelmed by the private achievement of being the primary Black man to function a head coach within the Iron Bowl’s greater than 100-year historical past.

Williams stated he advised gamers about making historical past the evening earlier than the sport and “it almost broke me down.”

“We don’t dream about being a head coach, to be honest with you,” Williams stated. “For people after me striving to do these things — a lot of things in life, if you can see then you can strive for it and you can start believing it.

“Fairly cool. Fairly cool. I am very grateful and honored for that. Cannot no one take that away from me, it doesn’t matter what goes on. No one.”

Despite Williams’ success as the interim coach, Auburn appears to be looking elsewhere for its next head coach. ESPN reported Saturday that the school is in in talks with Liberty’s Hugh Freeze.

Williams, who is also the first Black coach in Auburn history, didn’t address Freeze or his own future during an emotional 24-minute news conference.

He said he was “humbled and honored” by the way players responded to him from the time he took over for Harsin. Being embraced by fans and the administration “meant the whole lot.”

Williams saw a broken team in the aftermath of Harsin’s firing. He said they needed help. Players weren’t doing what they should academically, he said, and that changed almost immediately.

“These final 4 weeks have been very particular,” he said. “The long run is vibrant.”