Harsin’s hot seat status: Satan’s sweating

By Bama Will

They’ve done this coaching search thing a time or two

Penn State’s offense showed up ready for a barn burner and Auburn’s defense complied as the Nittany Lions destroyed the Tigers 41-12.

The whole event was odd. First, Penn State had to divert its flight to another airport. Auburn spent all week hyping all orange, then disappointingly wore their regular navy uniforms. And in a nationally-televised game, the Tigers fell flat on both sides of the ball due to the talent level and coaching.

Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin, who’s already survived a coup attempt, just had his hot seat temp turned up to “damage deep tissue” level. There’s absolutely no way he lasts in that role when Auburn goes to Tuscaloosa. So who’s the next guy to take over on the Plains?

The message board philosophers are currently debating their preferred options. But first, it’s always good to know what to expect.

Now, onto the options. Before honing in on your preferred candidate, you first need to compile a list of options. Find a place where all ideas are accepted, then discuss your options with other internet scholars.

Some contributors to the discord have specific candidates they want hired.

More realistic options are likely to be available. Some are discussed.

I personally believe the Auburn job is the hardest in college football right now. The two main rivals, Alabama and Georgia, sit atop the college football world as the last two national champions with multiple playoff appearances to boot. Lane Kiffin and Sam Pittman respectively have Ole Miss and Arkansas in very good shape to become established winning programs, LSU has a proven winner in Brian Kelly and Texas A&M has all the money in the world. Josh Heupel has Tennessee primed for success again and Billy Napier is off to a decent start at Florida. Texas and Oklahoma are also moving into the neighborhood.

Meanwhile, Auburn’s next coach will be the fifth since the 2008 season. He will walk into a job that’s notoriously plagued by meddling boosters who could spend a total of up to $37 million for the last two coaches to go away. The roster talent has been decimated between the coaching change and subsequent recruiting struggles. It will take a lot more than money to get a coach to walk into that situation. Oh and they don’t have an athletic director right now either.

Auburn is in for a period of self-inflicted misery. This won’t be fixed by changing the name on the door and it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

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