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Auburn fires coach Bryan Harsin after 21 games

Oct 29, 2022; Auburn, Alabama, USA;  Auburn Tigers head coach Bryan Harsin looks at the scoreboard during the fourth quarter in Jordan-Hare Stadium.  The Tigers lost to the Arkansas Razorbacks 41-27. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn fired football coach Bryan Harsin on Monday after a tumultuous 21 games and a day before his 46th birthday.

The Tigers in the throes of a four-game losing streak, losing the past three by a combined 60 points. Harsin is done after a 9-12 record (4-9 SEC).

“Auburn University has decided to make a change in the leadership of the Auburn University football program,” the school said in a one-paragraph statement. “President Christopher Roberts made the decision after a thorough review and evaluation of all aspects of the football program. Auburn will begin an immediate search for a coach that will return the Auburn program to a place where it is consistently competing at the highest levels and representing the winning tradition that is Auburn football.”

An interim coach was not announced.

The move comes the same day that Auburn is expected to announce the hiring of John Cohen as its new athletic director.

Harsin reportedly is owed more than $15 million on the remainder of his contract, half due in 30 days.

Auburn hired Harsin to replace Gus Malzahn after the 2020 season. Harsin compiled a 69-19 record as the head coach at Boise State from 2014-20.

However, he was subjected to an internal inquiry in February. Auburn looked into the reasons behind the departure of about 20 players to the transfer portal. Five assistant coaches also left the Tigers, who finished 6-7 in Harsin’s first season with the program in 2021.

Since then, however, Auburn president Jay Gogue retired in May and the school mutually parted ways with athletic director Allen Greene in August.

Auburn travels to Mississippi State this week. The only wins for the Tigers (3-5) this season were against Mercer, San Jose State and Missouri, all in September.

–Field Level Media