Saturday Down South’s Glenn Sattell sent a harsh posthumous message on the short-lived Bryan Harsin era of Auburn football — claiming that “disjointed doesn’t even begin to describe” the team’s attitude the past couple of seasons and celebrating the regime change from the Boise native to Hugh Freeze.
“Disjointed doesn’t begin to describe the attitude around the Auburn football program the past couple of seasons,” Sattell prefaced before saying, “Fractured by administration and boosters pulling in opposite directions made for an uncomfortable situation for former head coach Bryan Harsin. But that’s all seemingly changed, and once again there’s a positive vibe around The Plains with the arrival of Freeze.”
With there being reports Harsin didn’t connect with players from heavily scouted areas for AU like the Atlanta metro and the entire state of Alabama, the culture fit was virtually non-existent in 2021 and the first eight games of the 2022 season. It was something the Tigers were able to overcome in Harsin’s debut season, with Auburn football picking up its first win over LSU in Death Valley since the 1990s and the program entering November 2021 as a top-15 team in the College Football Playoff rankings, but not so when a recruiting exodus led to a severe talent drop-off for the 2022 campaign.
Auburn football could be Bryan Harsin’s last Power Five gig for a while
Only a truly desperate Power Five program would stoop as low as hiring Harsin at this point considering the known recruiting indifference he had while getting paid over $5 million a year in one of the state of Alabama’s most desirable jobs.
The next time Harsin is hired, it’d likely be for a Group of Five school in the Mountain West; with Boise State being an option considering his roots and success on the blue turf. But it may take a year of rehabilitation to his image before a school’s PR department is willing to risk such a bad-publicity hire.
There’s always an Alabama analyst position job Nick Saban can break the internet by offering to Harsin. Just imagine a Crimson Tide coaching staff with Kevin Steele running the defense and Harsin helping Tommy Rees gameplan offensively.
Now grab the nearest stress ball and start thinking about the difference the Plains is about to feel with Freeze at the helm.