Apparently Bryan Harsin can’t coach.
Auburn football, after two warm-up games to begin the season, is a mystery no more. The team is soft, and ill-equipped for the rigors of second-half football just as competition in the SEC begins. That’s the coach’s fault, and speaks to something greater than one loss to Penn State. In its last five games against Power 5 opponents, Auburn has been outscored 94-18 in second halves.
… How could a team play so poorly as Auburn did against Penn State? It’s got nothing to do with a game plan. A loss like that all starts with the head coach and how he built and trained his team months before the season.
Auburn’s true character under Harsin was revealed in those painful moments after halftime, and it was a brutally honest accounting of a football team unprepared.
He can’t or won’t recruit, either ($$).
… While the way Auburn’s meddlers went about their attempted coup of Harsin in January was despicable, their reason for wanting a change was logical. In his first year at Auburn, Harsin showed no interest in trying to compete with Alabama’s Saban or Georgia’s Smart for players. That is the easiest way to ensure a future in which Auburn never has a chance against Alabama or Georgia.
Other than that, he’s perfect.
Staples says the end is near.
Bryan Harsin won’t be Auburn’s coach much longer. If he loses to Missouri on Saturday, he might not be Auburn’s coach next week. The most obvious time to make a move seems to be after the Georgia game (Oct. 8).
To which, I can only offer the obvious retort.