Auburn fires HC Bryan Harsin after less than two full seasons

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Auburn Head Football Coach speaks to the Ticketsmarter Birmingham Bowl in December 2021. (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

Auburn University fired coach Bryan Harsin today after losing 10 of his last 13 games.

The school released the following statement about Harsin’s dismissal.

“Auburn University has decided to make a change in the leadership of the Auburn University football program. President Christopher Roberts made the decision after a thorough review and evaluation of all aspects of the football program. 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.” 

In less than two full seasons, Harsin’s short tenure finished with a record of 9 wins and 12 losses (4-9 in the SEC). 

Big Buyout

According to CBS Sports, Harsin will receive $15.3 million for his buyout. Auburn is still paying off former Head Coach Gus Malzahn’s $21.5 million buyout. Malzahn’s record at Auburn was 67-35 over eight seasons, including three wins over in-state rival Alabama, more than any coach during Coach Nick Saban’s tenure at Alabama .

News of Harsin’s firing comes after multiple reports this weekend that Auburn has settled on Mississippi State athletic director John Cohen to become its new athletic director.

What’s Next

With a new AD in place, Auburn can begin the national search as soon as possible. Potential leading candidates? According to CBS Sports:

Who do you think the Auburn Tigers should choose as their next head coach? Let us know by tagging us on social media @thebamabuzz 

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