What does Allen Greene’s departure mean for Bryan Harsin?

With Allen Greene stepping down as athletic director, all eyes are on Auburn head football coach Bryan Harsin ahead of his most critical season at the helm.

The abrupt departure of Allen Greene puts Bryan Harsin’s job as Auburn’s football head coach beyond this season in serious jeopardy.

Greene was essentially driven off by the dysfunctional coup of the Auburn boosters. This is the same collection of millionaires who tried to force Greene’s cessation from Harsin after just one season. While the men’s basketball program is peaking under Bruce Pearl, the Auburn football program is poised to become one of the worst jobs in the country. What’s happening?

Let’s discuss whether Harsin even stands a snowball chance at Birmingham of getting a third year here.

Auburn Football: Bryan Harsin’s job security after Allene Greene’s retirement

Without Vanderbilt, no program is worse off in the SEC than Auburn. But at least for the Commodores, they seem to be slowly moving in the right direction under head coach Clark Lea. As for Auburn, who in their right mind would want to expose themselves to this perpetual nonsense that is the behavior of their biggest boosters? Harsin may not be there for much longer either.

See, Harsin was the Greene guy, a former Notre Dame outfielder hired from left field to be Auburn’s next football coach. Harsin had a great thing going at Boise State, but he seemed like a fish out of water when he took over down at The Plains. He may have found great success at Mountain West, but this is the SEC taking place in the football-mad state of Yellowhammer.

After winning 6-7 in his first season at the job, including a tough loss to Houston at the nearby Birmingham Bowl, Harsin essentially had to walk on water to get a third year at the job, especially after the past offseason for had walked him . Even if he does somehow lead the Tigers to a strong 8-4 mark in the deep SEC West, it won’t be good enough for the dysfunctional Auburn…

In a weird way, we’re basically witnessing what football was like in Alabama before Nick Saban took over and told those rowdy Bama boosters to shut up, okay. Auburn should be a top 15 program every year and have the ability to beat Alabama and Georgia regularly enough to contend for championships. As things stand now, only Vanderbilt and possibly Missouri are worse off.

So what is Harsin supposed to do here? Do his job for this season and see how the next three months go. If Auburn keeps showing his ass to the rest of the college football world, just quit and find another job somewhere else. His track record at Boise State and Arkansas State before that will earn him an elite job with the Group of Five, potentially another non-SEC Power Five appearance.

He’ll have to wait until Thanksgiving, but Harsin will be safe to get out of Dodge.

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