Auburn’s Bryan Harsin Tackles “Gorilla in the Room” With Uncertainty Around the Program
ATLANTA (AP) — Auburn coach Bryan Harsin took on what he called “the gorilla in the room” when he stood behind the podium at the Southeastern Conference Media Days on Thursday.
Following an offseason of uncertainty that threatened his job status, Harsin insists there is more unity than ever on his Auburn team.
Harsin said an inquiry into his program following his 6-7 debut as coach “was uncomfortable. It was unfounded. It presented an opportunity for people to personally attack me, my family, and also our program. And it didn’t work.”
Auburn President Jay Gogue sought answers after the program lost 18 players and five assistant coaches.
A group of players, including defensive end Derick Hall, talked with Gogue and Auburn trustees in support of Harsin.
“It most definitely brought us closer,” Hall said Thursday. “A few of the guys … talked to the board and talked to the president of the university just to give our respect and our support for coach Harsin. It definitely brought our team closer together after that.”