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Auburn Releases Official Statement On Bryan Harsin Firing

Bryan Harsin, Auburn Tigers Football

It's been a busy day at Auburn, to say the least.

Hours after reports emerged that the school is hiring John Cohen away from Mississippi State to serve as the Tigers' athletics director, Auburn fired football coach Bryan Harsin.

The school confirmed the news with a press release Monday morning.

"Auburn University has decided to make a change in the leadership of the Auburn University football program," the statement read. "President Roberts made the decision after a thorough review and evaluation of all aspects of the football program. Auburn will begin an immediate search for a coach that will return the Auburn program to a place where it is consistently competing at the highest levels and representing the winning tradition that is Auburn football."

The release notably said that Auburn president Christopher Roberts made the decision to fire Harsin and not Cohen, whose hire has not yet been officially announced by the school.

Harsin's firing does not come as a shock. His team saw a mass exodus of transfers and staff defections following last season, the university opened an inquiry into his job status during the offseason and Allen Greene, the athletics director who hired him, "stepped away" from his position in August.

Harsin, in his second season at Auburn, fell to 3-4 on the season and 1-4 in the SEC with a 41-27 loss to Arkansas on Saturday. He finishes his Auburn career with a record of 9-12.

While the Tigers still have five games to play this season, Auburn's statement says the university will "begin an immediate search" for Harsin's replacement. 8 potential candidates have already been named by Athlon Sports' Steven Lassan.