'Husky Harsin' allegations for Kalen DeBoer return with Alabama hiring ex-Auburn football LB coach

Jan 13, 2024; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; The University of Alabama introduced new head football coach
Jan 13, 2024; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; The University of Alabama introduced new head football coach / Gary Cosby Jr.-Tuscaloosa News / USA

Kalen DeBoer clearly doesn't mind being called "Husky Harsin." Why else would he hire one of the same LB coaches Bryan Harsin employed during his short-lived and highly unpopular Auburn football coaching tenure?

Per ESPN's Adam Rittenberg, the Crimson Tide will be hiring Christian Robinson to replace William Inge, who took the same job at Tennessee.

"Source: Alabama is set to hire Christian Robinson as outside linebackers coach, replacing William Inge," Rittenberg reported. "Robinson had been Baylor’s LBs coach but brings SEC experience from both Florida and Auburn. Also former graduate assistant at Georgia, Ole Miss and Mississippi State."

Auburn football fans call out Kalen DeBoer for another 'Husky Harsin' move

Several Tiger fans jumped on the chance to make the "Husky Harsin" connection.

"Husky Harsin???" asked one fan excited at the parallels.

"Never beating those Husky Harsin allegations," quipped another.

One non-Auburn fan didn't use the "Husky Harsin" tagline, but was still able to understand the deja vu many in the state of Alabama (and elsewhere) are feeling.

"Guess we're about to see how good Kalen DeBoer really is with this weird Bryan Harsen at Auburn-y staff," the poster wrote.

Not only does DeBoer get hit with the same challenges Harsin did -- with his offensive coordinator, Ryan Grubb, telling Tide fans he'd be their defensive coordinator before taking the same job with the Seattle Seahawks -- but now he's making the same hires.

He's not beating the "Husky Harsin" allegations, and one must wonder if that's by design. Who knows? Maybe DeBoer wants to flex on AU by doing the same things Harsin did but generating much different results. That'd be one effective way to stick it to an Iron Bowl rival.

It's a bold, strategy, Cotton. Let's see if that pays off for 'em.