Another week, another underperforming Power Five program has decided to pay a large sum of cash to a head coach to no longer be its head coach.

Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin was fired on Monday following a 41-27 loss to Arkansas, university president Dr. Chris Roberts announced. Harsin is less than two years into a six-year, $31.5 million contract, but the Tigers are 3-5 and also working to usher in a new athletic director. According to, the coach will be due 70% of his remaining salary (roughly $15 million).

Harsin finishes 9-12 (4-9 SEC) in less than two full seasons on the job after taking over for Gus Malzahn.

He entered the 2022 campaign on very shaky ground after a university-led inquiry into his handling of the program was conducted in February. Auburn boosters sought any reason to fire Harsin, a saga that included allegations hurled about and an ESPN interview from Harsin during which he said “any attack on my character is bullshit.”

Nineteen players entered the transfer portal between the end of the regular season and the start of spring practice. Wideout coach Cornelius Williams was fired four games into the season. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was fired after the Iron Bowl loss to Alabama. Defensive coordinator Derek Mason took a pay cut to take the same job at Oklahoma State after the year. Defensive line coach Nick Eason left for Clemson and edge coach/special teams coordinator Bert Watts left for the NFL.

A former quarterback at Boise State, the 45-year-old Harsin experienced tremendous success before heading to the SEC, coaching his alma mater to three Mountain West titles and a 69-19 record in seven years.

Auburn joins the likes of Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Arizona State, Colorado, and Wisconsin as P5 programs that have already made in-season coaching changes.