The Auburn Tigers made the decision to hire coach Bryan Harsin away from Boise State to replace Gus Malzahn this offseason.

Now, Harsin will get his first experience coaching in the gauntlet that is the SEC West, featuring the last 2 national champions in LSU and Alabama (as well as a Texas A&M team that had a case to be included in the College Football Playoff this past season).

What drew Harsin to the SEC West? He explained why he took the Auburn job during an interview on “The Jim Rome Show” on Tuesday:

“As a competitor, this is the type of opportunity that you look for,” he said. “You want to compete against the best. You want to be a part of the opportunity to be the best yourself. For the players here, the coaches that we’ve hired, that’s been the mentality. If you come to Auburn, these are the things we want to achieve and you have that chance to do that in this league. The competition, the coaching, there’s no shortage of greatness when it comes to the teams you’re going to play, but that’s exactly what you want to be a part of. As a competitor, that’s what drives you, that’s what motivates you. That was part of the decision to come to Auburn, to be a part of that and have a chance to develop a program that can go compete with those teams and win those games and be a championship-caliber team consistently.”

How will Harsin fare in 2021? He’ll have his work cut out for him to get the Tigers back in the mix for an SEC West title.