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.