Auburn University talks about Bryan Harsin investigation

AUBURN, Ala. (WHNT) — As rumors continue to swirl around Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin putting his immediate future with the team in question, the university released a statement Monday morning.

In the statement, the university said, “Auburn’s administration judiciously collects information from a variety of perspectives, including our student-athletes, and acts quickly to understand all issues in accordance with the policies and procedures of university,” the statement said. “Decisions regarding the future of Auburn and its athletic programs, as always, are made in the best interests of our great university and in fairness to all concerned. We do not make institutional decisions based on social media posts or media headlines.

Harsin has recently come under fire for rumors circulating about a possible affair.

The coach was hired in December 2020 and went 6-7 in his first season in charge. The Tigers finished the year on a five-game losing streak and had a tough offseason as several players were traded and a large number of staff turnovers since the end of the regular season.

That includes the latest staff member to leave – offensive coordinator Austin Davis – who cited personal reasons for leaving his job less than six weeks after taking the job.

As if all of that wasn’t enough, Auburn University also announced its new president on Feb. 4, Dean Christopher B. Roberts.

Al.com reported that outgoing Chairman Jay Gogue addressed the rumors near the end of a recent board meeting, saying, “We’re trying to sort out what’s honest, what’s true, what’s not. It’s just rumor and let’s try to act quickly, to make a decision as quickly as possible in terms of what action we need to take,” Gogue said. “We are involved, so we will follow.”


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