On October 31, 2022, Auburn football fans, in their eyes, got their program back from the clutches of a head coach who cared little about the future of the program and was actively doing damage to the existing culture in place.
On October 31, 2023, Tiger fans took to Twitter to celebrate the first anniversary of Bryan Harsin being fired from the program after failing to utilize the talent Gus Malzahn brought on — and the few commits the Boise native’s staff actually decided to recruit — and coaching AU to a 9-12 record during his tenure.
“One year ago today – Auburn fired Bryan Harsin as Head Football Coach, Auburn hired John Cohen as Athletic Director,” one poster prefaced before saying, “Two excellent moves!”
“On this day of remembrance, give Harsin his due,” another wrote. ‘He truly is the boogeyman. No one scared off more recruits and players. ‘Let’s ride.'”
“Happy Bing-Bong Harsin’s gone day to all who celebrate,” celebrated another.
“Happy first anniversary of Harsin being fired to those who celebrate,” wrote another.
Bryan Harsin not the root of all problems for Auburn football in the present day
Harsin isn’t to blame for Payton Thorne’s struggles before his Week 9 breakout against Mississippi State. He isn’t to blame for the offensive line taking until the Ole Miss game to start showing adequate protection. Or the underwhelming receivers. Or the blown pass coverage against Georgia in the fourth quarter.
The list goes on. Sure, the trench cupboards have been bare, and no one here is saying Harsin did a good, or even passable, job as head coach. But as one poster put it, harping on it to the degree Auburn fans do comes off as deflection after a while.
“Im sorry, I know Harsin was bad fit but I cant get on this ridiculous Celebration game,” the based poster prefaced before saying, “All his failures weren’t on him. Some were on Yellawood. So lets just move on and quit obsessing as if we were Alabama fans.”
AU is starting to look like the person who blames their ex for everything as they fail to improve and grow from their past.
Don’t be that person.