Head coach Bryan Harsin gets kicked to the curb by Auburn Tigers football
Auburn, Alabama - In one of the most drama-filled seasons of college football to date, the Auburn Tigers added more fuel to the flames after releasing head coach Bryan Harsin from his duties on Monday afternoon.
Harsin is the latest college football head coach to join an unprecedented slew of coach firings this season.
The bad news comes just the day before his 46th birthday and coincidentally on the birthday of in-state rival head coach Nick Saban of the University of Alabama.
The Tigers' 41-27 loss to Arkansas at home on Saturday was the tip of the iceberg showcasing Harsin's unimpressive leadership, which apparently failed to inspire the confidence of Auburn officials.
Auburn released an official statement on the change in football leadership and will start an immediate search for a new coach.
"Auburn University has decided to make a change in the leadership of the Auburn University football program," Auburn officials said.
"President 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."
Harsin’s buyout is said to be more than $15 million.
Since Harsin took over at Auburn in 2021, the Tigers reached as high as No. 12 in the AP Top 25 rankings during last season but ultimately finished 6-7 (3-5 in the SEC) and lost the Birmingham Bowl to the Houston Cougars.
Following last weekend's loss to the Razorbacks, the Tigers are currently 3-5 this season.
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