Auburn coaching search: CFB insider lists 4 names to watch
Auburn’s coaching search is getting revved up after the program fired Bryan Harsin on Halloween. Harsin finished his disappointing Auburn career 9-12 overall and 4-9 in the SEC.
Now, the Tigers program turns its attention on who will replace Harsin and lead the Auburn program back to prominence.
College football insider Bruce Feldman discussed the Auburn opening Saturday morning. Feldman floated 4 names, including Deion Sanders. However, Feldman said the name to watch is Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin.
“The names to know there — Deion Sanders, who’s unbeaten at Jackson State, but would the big money people there feel totally comfortable with him running the show at Auburn? A couple of other guys. Hugh Freeze proved he could beat Nick Saban multiple times, but he definitely has some baggage from his Ole Miss days. Ex-Panthers coach Matt Rhule — would he be a good fit in the SEC?
“The name to really keep an eye on I’m told is Lane Kiffin. He’s 18-4 in the last two years at Ole Miss. He’s really evolved and has really grown into this position. He’s proved he can really win in the SEC. Also, they just hired at Auburn John Cohen the AD from Mississippi State. He really showed his could give his old head coach Mike Leach a lot of flexibility. That would probably be pretty attractive to Lane Kiffin, if he did take this job. It also has a lot of resources.”
Kiffin or Freeze would be a solid hire for Auburn. Sanders may be on the outside looking in at this point. Things can change quickly, however, in coaching searches.
Auburn travels to Mississippi State Saturday night under interim head coach Cadillac Williams.