Auburn football head coach Bryan Harsin feels his team is, across the board, in a better place than they were last year in his first on the Plains.
Harsin seemed to question whether or not there was cohesion in his coaching staff during a trying 2021 season that started off with hope and later crashed, burned, and finished below .500 at the end of March.
The Boise-born HC gave credit to the current crop of coaches and players while also raising the question of having followers on his support staff.
These were his words to reporters then:
"If you’re trying to get further, and you’re trying to move along and improve and get there faster, then you need to have people that will actually follow. I think we’re in a better spot. There’s respect. And I think there’s trust. And I think the players, they really want to make progress.”"
Harsin explained on Tuesday that that trust has led to players sticking through with the process and avoiding the transfer portal:
"“I think it says a lot about where we are as a team. We have great leaders on this team; we have guys that want to win. We have a group of coaches that, I feel, is united. I’m not surprised. These guys are working their butts off because they want to be part of Auburn football. They chose to come back. They chose to be a part of what we’re doing. The grass isn’t always greener. These guys want to build something here and be part of that. Now those guys are here, they’re locked in, they’re the foundation of where we’re going. They’re going to help us bring in those future players to continue to grow our program and put ourselves in a position that we want to be.”"
A chance to develop individually and collectively cohesively is keeping players on the Auburn football roster
While Dematrius Davis and several others took to the transfer portal before the A-Day spring game, none have taken to it since. That is even with several players likely finding out their chances of starting this fall aren’t great.
Bryan Harsin has guys bought in, and if he has things his way this season, perhaps the results will be more sustainable.