Bryan Harsin was not going to let the Auburn football program’s shocking loss to New Mexico State — a 31-10 whistle-to-whistle domination from the Conference USA squad and AU’s first home loss to a non-power conference team since 2007 — on November 18 come and go without chiming in.
As Saturday Down South’s Chis Marler shared via the X platform, the ex-Tigers head coach took to Instagram to post an interestingly-timed quote that read: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”
Hard not to take that as a direct troll to the Auburn family.
Auburn football fans rage at Bryan Harsin for apparent New Mexico State troll
As you’d expect, the Auburn family took it as a shot, particularly with Marler pointing it out and laughing with glee, and raged at the Boise native for piling it on the Plains following the jarring Week 12 result.
“He really is a bad person,” claimed one peeved poster.
“So…he’s saying they never worked hard when he was coaching at Auburn?” asked another inquisitive poster.
“And Bo Nix probably fired up a cigar after breakfast,” one poster prefaced before saying, “The clownish coaching of Harsin is what propelled Bo away (from Auburn) and into the pocket (of Oregon).”
“He quite LITERALLY did not recruit talent,” exclaimed another before reluctantly suggesting, “But go off I guess.”
“I know this mf is not talking about hard work and talent,” said another.
You can’t hate something you don’t love, and evidently, the return of full crowds following the COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanied normalcy during his first season coaching the Tigers in 2021 has burned Harsin into the hearts and minds of the Auburn family, and vice versa. Harsin has trolled Auburn all season, and Tiger fans have certainly continued to scapegoat him under most circumstances.
As long as AU plays football and Harsin is on social media, this back-and-forth will continue indefinitely.