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).
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.
With a new AD in place, Auburn can begin the national search as soon as possible. Potential leading candidates? According to CBS Sports:
- Lane Kiffin – Head Coach at University of Mississippi
- Hugh Freeze – Head Coach at Liberty University
- Deion Sanders – Head Coach at Jackson State University
- Matt Rhule, Former Carolina Panthers Head Coach
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