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Finebaum: Harsin doesn’t ‘understand’ SEC, firing could be imminent

Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin’s tenure at The Plains could soon end after a blowout loss to Penn State over the weekend, according to Paul Finebaum.

The SEC football media icon made the assertion Sunday to ESPN’s Matt Barrie while recapping last weekend’s matchups.

“The question really is… if Auburn comes up (in conversation), it will no longer be, ‘Can Bryan Harsin survive?’ The questions now are, ‘Who will take his place?'” said Finebaum.

“The next coach at Auburn is going to understand the SEC, unlike Bryan Harsin.”

Harsin survived a university-led inquiry into the football program this year after the Tigers underwent a mass exodus of players and staff personnel. The turmoil ensued following Auburn’s 6-7 season last year, which ended with Harsin posting a five-game losing streak.

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The Tigers’ lackluster performance Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium sparked media pundits to speculate Harsin’s firing could be imminent.

When asked about his employment status during the post-game press conference, Harsin said rumors about his job security were out of his control.

“[I]’m always coaching for this football team, all right, and these players … I can’t control that. I can only control what I do each and every day,” said Harsin. “And what I’ve always done is coach for this team, these players, these coaches — make sure I’m doing my job, having our team prepared and all that. I don’t control these other things other than what I do each and every day.”

Harsin and his squad will look to get back in the win column this Saturday against the Missouri Tigers in Auburn.

Dylan Smith is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL

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