On a wild last 36 hours for Bryan Harsin's time at Auburn and a familiar problem reaching a boiling point on the Plains
Thank you Justin.
Great article, Justin. Excellent write up about a difficult situation. It almost feels similar to the current American political climate in how starkly divided the two sides are.
My preference as a fan would be for harsin to be allowed a second season, and though that feels unlikely at the moment, it's difficult to imagine him being fired for anything other than cause because of the large buyout and the fact that we just bought out malzahn last season.
That said, should the rumors prove to be true, he'll be out and it won't be anyone's fault but his. I hope for everyone's sake that they are false.
Keep up the excellent work Ferg.
An excellent summary, written without trashing anyone. There are no winners in this situation. It’s disheartening.
Great job Justin!
A set of rich assholes who are probably average at best at their jobs are trying to undermine another rich asshole who is average at best at his job. #WoahEagle
Is it basketball season yet?
The article said it’s an ugly situation. I believe it is beautiful.
Those who fix failing businesses—and save employees’ and investors’ livelihoods—will tell you that it is crucial to quickly and emphatically get rid of the dead wood and find out who is on board to fix things. It is not for the faint hearted hand-wringers.
It is separating the wheat from the chaff. A football program is ultimately about shaping strong men and citizens. I am glad to see those who need babysitting, participation trophies and emotional blankets leave. Good riddance; my best to you. It is time for discipline, accountability and leadership. You know, the very traits that fundamentally define civilizations. Doing the right thing is oft criticized and even ridiculed by those with only peripheral skin in the game, those who watch from afar, those who couldn’t tackle a dead cornstalk but love to throw their considerable money or opinions around.
Simply put, Auburn needs a culture change. Trying to accommodate everyone’s feelings and viewpoints only leads to fragmentation, selfishness and failure.
George Patton was not known for his people skills. But he turned boys into men and from others like him we got the Greatest Generation. It’s time my alma mater return to what builds character and turns away from hand-wringing coddling in a day-care center.
Can you think of a similar situation that was resolved in a way that resulted in a coach staying for an extended, relatively successful and calm tenure?* It just seems like no matter how it is resolved now, Harsin is on borrowed time.
*Iowa and Kirk Ferentz, as always, do not count.
It's really easy sitting on the outside of of all of this to get disgruntled. Looking at all of this the real monster in the room is recruiting. It just sux at the moment. On the other hand, the rumors were part of a coordinated attack led by the same sub-group that didn't get what they wanted in an Athletic Director, then didn't get what they wanted with another failed coup' with Kevin Steele and Rodney Garner. So the timing was right (just before a new university President was named) to make another attempt at taking control of the good ol' boy network. All of this has successfully divided the fanbase and set a Social Media fire ablaze. Can you imagine how all of the work the guys had to go through when Pat Dye took over would have played out on today's social media? I love Auburn. I don't love what I am seeing.
If the rumors prove untrue then Harsin deserves more time. He has brought a lot of good to our program. Discipline, hard work , position competition and team unity. I am glad Mason is gone. He quit before the season was over anyway. The season was very close to being remarkable. AU Family, we need to get behind our HC and not let a handful of Social Media whiners rip our program apart.
Not sure how I missed the Covid
shot ordeal and don’t recall it now. Did he say they don’t prevent Covid? He was right.
Somehow this splintering amongst ‘the family’ rears its ugly head again.
I have an acquaintance that was on support staff at Bama a few years back. Per him, Harsin could take lessons from Saban about being hard to get along with. Give the man a chance. Who is going to want the job if he’s run off after one season due to internal strife from external forces.
What good would it do to get rid of him at this point
hate it here