College Football Coaching Hot Seat: Odds to Coach Auburn Next

College Football Coaching Hot Seat: Odds to Coach Auburn Next
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Forget rolling Toomer’s Corner, the traditional toilet papering of Auburn oaks after victories. Fans on the Plains want to roll football coach Bryan Harsin out of town. 

The athletic director who hired him, Allen Greene, already has stepped aside, leaving Harsin to flap in the breeze. For Harsin, that breeze has been turbulent. 

Two questions remain:

  • Will Harsin last through Saturday’s home game against SEC West rival LSU? The Bayou Bengals' new coach, Brian Kelly, needs a big win to keep Cajun Country calm. Both coaches at these proud schools have a lot at stake in this important conference matchup.
  • Who will replace Harsin? Even if the beleaguered coach is wearing a headset on Saturday, his days appear numbered. Rumors about his dismissal are swirling. Below are some top replacement candidates.

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Here Are Top Candidates To Coach Auburn 

Two of the leading contenders have Ole Miss ties. One is Hugh Freeze, who previously led the Rebels and now is Liberty’s head coach, where he mentored quarterback Malik Willis, picked by the Tennessee Titans in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft. 

The other is current Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin, off to a 4-0 start this year. Harsin still has a contract, so it's not a done deal that he's out. 

Here are our college football betting odds to be coaching the Tigers next season.

CandidateOdds
Hugh Freeze+100
Mike Stoops+150
Lane Kiffin+150
Deion Sanders+200
Jeff Grimes+700
Kevin Steele+700
Urban Meyer+1000
Will Muschamp+1200
Skip Holtz+1500
Bryan Harsin+2000
Jeff Fisher+2500
Bob Stoops+3500
Bobby Petrino+5000
Ed Orgeron+50000

These odds are for entertainment purposes only and are not odds that may be offered on betting apps or betting sites. They have been created by the Gambling.com handicapping team.

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How Did It Fall Apart for Harsin?

If being trounced 41-12 by Penn State on Sept. 12 didn’t have Tigers loyalists squawking enough, Saturday’s lucky win against SEC foe Missouri was the capper.

After visiting Mizzou muffed a chip-shot field goal to win in regulation, Auburn benefitted from an overtime mishap to prevail 17-14. 

During overtime, Missouri running back Nathaniel Peat Jr., with his team trailing by three points, streaked to the goal line on a 20-yard sprint. 

In switching the football to his right hand and stretching it toward the goal line, Peat saw the ball squirt into the end zone just inches before he broke the plane for what would have been the winning touchdown. Auburn recovered the ball, securing the victory.

More upsetting to Auburn fans, Harsin went for a first down on a fourth-and-one situation in field goal range with 1:38 left in a 14-14 game. Missouri stuffed running back Tank Bigsby, robbing Auburn of a chance to kick what likely would have been the game-winning field goal in regulation.

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Harsin Mentioned For Arizona State, Georgia Tech Jobs

If Auburn cuts Harsin loose, he won’t be without a soft landing. According to ESPN, Harsin will receive 70% of his remaining salary, or about $15.3 million.

The second-year Auburn coach also might not be without a job for long. He is rumored to be a potential replacement for recently fired Arizona State coach Herm Edwards.

Georgia Tech on Monday let coach Geoff Collins and athletic director Todd Stansbury go, only two days after a 27-10 road loss to the University of Central Florida.

The Atlanta-based Yellow Jackets, off to a dismal 1-3 start, are looking for a new coach.

The drive for Harsin from Auburn to Atlanta in a U-Haul would only take about an hour and forty-five minutes. 

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