What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on with the Auburn football program?
Auburn offensive coordinator Austin Davis has indicated a desire to resign his position, multiple sources have confirmed to AuburnSports.com.
Still, the former NFL quarterback and Seattle Seahawks quarterbacks coach is scheduled to be in Auburn tomorrow to meet with head coach Bryan Harsin and members of the Tigers’ coaching staff. One Auburn source on Sunday night said that Davis’ Monday meeting could go in a couple different directions — with Davis perhaps offering a formal resignation or instead requesting a reprieve of sorts.
Attempts to reach Davis on Sunday night were unsuccessful.
Davis was with the Seahawks when hired by Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin in mid-December. The timing was odd; Seattle’s final game wasn’t until Jan. 9 and Davis all along vowed to finish the NFL season in Seattle.
Davis, 32, didn’t participate in the Tigers’ Junior Day recruiting event this past weekend. The Tigers nonetheless played host to several high-profile offensive recruits from the 2023 and 2024 classes, which made Davis’ absence notable.
Sources on Sunday night indicated that Davis sent a text message to fellow staff members earlier in the day indicating that he no longer wished to serve as coordinator.
Bryan Harsin associated with a major case of buyer’s remorse? Why, I nevah, Miz Scarlett!
Add this ($$)…
Auburn’s defensive line: No position group in the league has had a tougher time this offseason. Eight Auburn defensive linemen have entered the portal since the end of the season, and two — Tashawn Manning and Tyrone Truesdell — are staying in the SEC. Manning headed to Kentucky, and Truesdell joined Billy Napier’s rebuild at Florida. Marquis Robinson, a four-star signee in the class of 2021, is also in the portal, and four-star 2021 signee Lee Hunter joined former Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn at UCF. The Tigers did add Jayson Jones from Oregon, but losing that much depth from one position is going to be an issue this fall. Only eight teams in the country have lost more than Auburn’s 17 players to the portal.
… and it’s looking pretty ugly on the Plains.
Speaking of buyer’s remorse, were I Harsin, I’d make damned sure my entire staff stayed squeaky clean on the recruiting violation front (not to mention staying that way on the personal front, too). Don’t want to give the AD any ammo to toss that buyout overboard if things wind up where they seem to be headed.