Why Bryan Harsin made a sudden change at WR coach and what's next

Cornelius Williams is out, and Eric Kiseau is in at wide receivers coach for the Tigers. Here's more on the surprising move that opened LSU week.

HC Bryan Harsin (Todd Van Emst/Auburn Athletics)

This is new territory for Bryan Harsin — not just that he’s about to enter SEC play for the first time as a head coach, but that he started the week of the conference opener by parting ways with an assistant coach.

Harsin fired wide receivers coach Cornelius Williams on Sunday, less than 24 hours after Auburn’s narrow escape against Georgia State and just four games into his tenure on the Plains. Williams will be replaced by Eric Kiseau, Harsin’s former offensive coordinator at Boise State who was on Auburn’s staff as an offensive analyst.

On Monday afternoon, Harsin said he felt like “a change needed to be made, and it needed to be made now.” He said there wasn’t an “incident” or a “tipping point” that caused this move and that he didn’t do it “to make a point.”

During his opening statement, Harsin spoke highly of Williams, calling him a “good man” who “showed up every day and worked.” According to several people with knowledge of the situ…

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