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Auburn fires Harsin; Cadillac named interim head coach

Auburn University has parted ways with head football coach Bryan Harsin.

Harsin’s termination comes after months of turmoil that had plagued the football program. Auburn was 9-12 during Harsin’s 21-month tenure, including a 4-9 record against SEC opponents.

The university announced that running backs coach Carnell “Cadillac” Williams will be the interim head coach.

In announcing Harsin’s firing, Auburn released the following statement:

“Auburn University has decided to make a change in the leadership of the Auburn University football program. 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.”

Harsin and the university originally agreed to a six-year/$31.5 million contract. With the firing, Auburn will owe Harsin $15 million, with $7.5 million due within 30 days.

Auburn will travel to Starkville on Saturday to play the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. and it will be televised on ESPN2.

This article has been updated. 

Ben Richardson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News.

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