With Allen Greene stepping down as athletic director, all eyes are on Auburn football head coach Bryan Harsin ahead of his most critical season at the helm.
Allen Greene’s abrupt departure leaves Bryan Harsin’s job as Auburn football head coach in serious jeopardy beyond this season.
Greene was essentially forced out by the dysfunctional coup that is the Auburn boosters. This is the same collection of millionaires who tried to force Greene’s hire in Harsin out after only one season. While the men’s basketball program is operating at its zenith under Bruce Pearl, the Auburn football program is about to be one of the worst jobs in the country. What is going on?
Let’s discuss if Harsin even has a snowball’s chance in Birmingham of getting a third year here.
Auburn football: Bryan Harsin’s job security after Allene Greene’s resignation
If not for Vanderbilt, no program in the SEC is in a worse spot than Auburn. But at least with the Commodores, they seem to be moving in the right direction ever so slowly under head coach Clark Lea. As far as Auburn is concerned, who in their right mind would want to subject themselves to this perpetual nonsense that is their biggest boosters’ behavior? Harsin may not be for long either.
See, Harsin was the guy Greene, a former Notre Dame outfielder, hired out of left field to be Auburn’s next football coach. Harsin had a great thing going at Boise State, but he seemed like a fish out of water when taking over down on The Plains. He may have had great success in the Mountain West, but this is the SEC, taking place inside of the football-crazed Yellowhammer State.
After going 6-7 in his first season on the job, including a bad loss to Houston in the nearby Birmingham Bowl, Harsin essentially needed to walk on water to get a third year on the job, especially after how this past offseason went for him. Even if he were to somehow lead the Tigers to a strong 8-4 mark in the deep SEC West, it will not be good enough for dysfunctional Auburn…
In a weird way, we are essentially experiencing what Alabama football was like before Nick Saban took over and told those rowdy Bama boosters to shut up, alright. Auburn should be a top-15 program every year and have the ability to beat Alabama and Georgia regularly enough to contend for championships. Where things stand now, only Vanderbilt and possibly Missouri are worse off.
So what is Harsin to do here? Do his job for this season and see how the next three months go. If Auburn continues to show its ass to the rest of the college football world, just resign and go get another job somewhere else. His track record of success at Boise State and Arkansas State before that will get him an elite Group of Five job, possibly another Power Five gig that is not in the SEC.
He will have to wait until Thanksgiving, but Harsin will be in the clear to get the hell out of Dodge.
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