Auburn, SEC pulls Bryan Harsin away from his alma mater

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Auburn Tigers have found their replacement for Gus Malzahn. The school has announced that Bryan Harsin is their new head football coach.

Harsin comes to Auburn, Alabama after serving as the Boise State Broncos head coach. The 44-year-old will enter the Southeastern Conference in the fall of 2021.

Auburn football helmets in the dressing room
Auburn football helmets in the dressing room (Photo by Auburn Tigers Football/Instagram)

This is the second-time in his coaching career that Harsin has replaced Malzahn. After Malzahn accepted the Tigers head coaching job, the Arkansas State administration hired Harsin in December 2012.

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Malzahn was fired by Auburn on December 13th.

He only lasted one season with the Red Wolves, before jumping at the opportunity to return to his alma mater Boise State. He also coached with the Broncos from 2001 through 2010, before departing for the Texas Longhorns for the 2011 season.

“I’m incredibly excited and humbled for the opportunity to be at a place like Auburn University,” Harsin said. “I knew it would take a special opportunity to get me out of Boise and Auburn is exactly that, the chance to compete at the highest level for one of the greatest programs in college football. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the coaches and players in the Southeastern Conference, but am ready to help build a foundation at Auburn where we can consistently compete for championships.

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“I want our program to make Auburn proud both on and off the field with consistent excellence. I’m very grateful to Allen Greene and Dr. Gogue (Auburn President Dr. Jay Gogue) for this opportunity. Kes, our kids and I can’t wait to meet the Auburn family and get to work! War Eagle!”

Harsin was 69-19 with the Broncos. He was 45-8 within the Mountain West Conference.

He lost three conference games in 2015. However, since then, he’s lost just four conference games in five seasons.

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This season, Harsin guided the Broncos to a 5-2 record. The Broncos elected not to participate in a Bowl game on December 20th.

“We are thrilled to welcome Coach Harsin to the Auburn family,” Auburn Director of Athletics Allen Greene said. “He’s a proven winner whose record speaks for itself. Coach Harsin impressed me with his detailed plan to lead Auburn to consistently compete for championships in the Southeastern Conference. I’m grateful to Gen. Burgess, Quentin Riggins and each member of our advisory committee for their commitment to Auburn during this process. We look forward to welcoming Bryan, Kes and their children to the Plains to introduce them to the Auburn family.”

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