In Bryan Harsin, Auburn football is hoping it has found its own Urban Meyer

The Tigers' hire was a surprise to many inside and outside of the Plains. But there's one big reason why he might be just what Auburn needs.

(Auburn Athletics)

When news broke Tuesday evening that Auburn would hire Boise State’s Bryan Harsin to be its next head coach, a lot of the reaction — from insiders and outsiders, fans and rivals, beat writers and national columnists — was some shade of surprise.

Harsin has never coached in the SEC. He was a near-lifer at Boise State, going from local Br…

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