Bryan Harsin Controversy: ALBERTA — AUBURN According to numerous persons with intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the programme, Bryan Harsin established a contentious culture in his first season as Auburn football coach where connections with some players were neglected and staff members felt overlooked. The Montgomery Advertiser, a member of the USA TODAY Network, gave those people anonymity out of concern for Harsin or other Auburn faculty members’ reactions. After seven seasons at Boise State, Harsin was hired by the Tigers last season. During his brief time there, the inside look at the programme has been scrutinised.
There have been numerous rumours and allegations made regarding Auburn’s football programme, and Auburn president Jay Gogue stated during a board of trustees meeting on Friday, “I just want you to know that we’re involved and trying to separate fact from fiction and we’ll keep you posted and make the appropriate decisions at the right time.”On Thursday night, Harsin, 45, told ESPN.com that he is now serving as Auburn’s head coach. According to one source who spoke to The Advertiser, “all the problems in the (Auburn) programme have to do with the head coach.”
He was rude to coaches and players
He was rude to coaches and players. He was unable to relate to players. He was not sincere. And he fired a lot of his top players. They called Harsin’s programme “toxic” and “dysfunctional,” respectively. The players’ opinions of Harsin are divided. On social media, some vehemently defended him on Friday, while others criticised him as a coach who doesn’t “understand youngsters that come from nothing,” as senior safety Smoke Monday wrote. Monday, who has declared for the NFL draught, wrote on Instagram that “Harsin is a hell of a coach that wants to win.” “He really doesn’t understand kids that come from nothing, kids that come from the ghetto,” one person said.
“But as kids, we try our best to outgrow where we came from, but we need individuals that didn’t grow up the way we did to help us.” The Advertiser contacted Auburn on Friday but received no reply. Lee Hunter, a defensive lineman who transferred to Central Florida, started the player conversation with a post on Instagram on Friday morning. The letter stated, in part: “Coach Harsin has the true mindset for a winner but has a bad perspective as a person. We got treated like we wasn’t good enough (broken heart emoji) and like dogs (broken heart emoji).”
We don’t get treated like dogs, a current player who spoke to The Advertiser on condition of anonymity Friday claimed in a direct message, adding that the schism is the result of certain players “simply not used to his approach.” Don’t believe what you see, tweeted edge Derick Hall on Friday. A great man of character who adores our team, @CoachHarsin works harder than any other man to position this programme for success.
‘I don’t think he has true empathy’
Unexpectedly, 19 Auburn players have used the transfer portal since the completion of the campaign. This is a big number for a Power Five school playing in the SEC, the most competitive football conference in the country. Many people claimed that when Harsin intended to get players out of the programme, he would not speak to them. He would stop communicating with the player and his family. It was the responsibility of the position coaches to advise players to leave the team.
One guy remarked, “He’s going to send someone else to do the dirty work.”
One instance of a player texting Harsin to apologise for a subpar performance in a game was recalled by another person. The gamer requested advice on how to advance. Harsin remained silent. Instead, the individual claimed, he had the player’s position coach give him a call to inform him that he needed to quit the programme. One person claimed that “Harsin” occasionally shows little compassion for gamers who are dealing with personal issues that he is aware of. “Whether it’s a child from a single-parent household or a child who is experiencing difficulties in life. I don’t believe he truly empathises with children.”
Another individual remarked, “How do you expect a young man to mature when you don’t even talk to them, or if you talk down to them, or if you tell them to leave your office?” According to one person, Harsin loathed the idea of name, image, and resemblance and made that apparent to players. Another person stated that Harsin was harshest on athletes from low-income families who earned compensation through NIL deals because he believed they lost their focus on the game.
‘I’m the Auburn coach’
Harsin experienced a significant amount of coaching turnover during his first season, which had a final record of 6-7. The season was the team’s first losing one since 2012. Auburn’s last five games were losses after a 6-2 start. At the beginning of Harsin’s tenure, Derek Mason was hired as the defensive coordinator. He resigned after one season to take the same position at Oklahoma State. After only one season as offensive coordinator, Mike Bobo was let go. Austin Davis, Bobo’s replacement, left his position after 43 days. Early in January, defensive line coach Nick Eason departed for Clemson.
According to some persons familiar with the programme, Harsin frequently discarded suggestions from assistants without hesitation. He fired Cornelius Williams, a young and well-regarded receivers coach from Alabama who had previously held positions at Troy, South Alabama, North Alabama, Jacksonville State, and UAB, four games into the current campaign. That choice resulted in the loss of a coach who had a strong rapport with the players, something Harsin couldn’t afford.
One guy commented, “(Williams) did nothing but his darn job.” He interacted quite well with the athletes. In his place, Harsin promoted offensive analyst Eric Kiesau, who had worked with him as an assistant coach at Boise State. Harsin elevated Jeff Schmedding, a former Boise State assistant linebackers coach, when Mason left for Oklahoma State in January. Harsin declared during his speech on Thursday that “any attack on my character is (crap)” and that he had no intention of quitting. Harsin stated, “I’m the Auburn coach, and that’s how I’m operating every day. “I want this to succeed, and I’ve made it clear to our players and everyone else that there is no Plan B.”