- As the rumors and reports continue to swirl about Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin, many of his former players chimed in.
- In response, Harsin’s daughter questioned why now.
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Less than 24 hours after a report surfaced out of Auburn regarding Bryan Harsin’s job security, former and current Tigers are sharing their opinion on their head coach. Harsin’s daughter got involved in the conversation after a group of players went live on Instagram.
On Friday morning, former Auburn defensive tackle Lee Hunter posted an Instagram story that described his experience with the program in 2021. He expressed that leaving the school was difficult, but ultimately alluded to Harsin’s leadership style as a key reason for his departure.
Many former Auburn football players liked Hunter’s post. Former defensive linemen Marquis Robinson and Ian Matthews and former wide receiver Ja’Varrius Johnson were among them. All three players entered the transfer portal during the offseason.
In response, former Auburn safety Smoke Monday offered his thoughts and agreed with Hunter’s assessment.
Smoke Monday on Instagram (the upper message is Lee Hunter’s initial post) pic.twitter.com/QrvkLEsxCT
— Bennett Durando (@BennettDurando) February 4, 2022
It is worth noting that players have come out in support of Harsin.
Auburn Family, Don’t Believe The Things You See. @CoachHarsin Works Harder Than No Other Man To Put This Program In The Best Position To Be Successful Point Blank Period. We Are Behind Him 100% No Matter What’s Being Said. Great Man Of Character Who Loves This Team!
Stop The BS!!
— Derick Hall II (@derick_hall9) February 4, 2022
We didn’t need a best friend we needed a coach … that’s what we had
— Chandler Wooten (@ItsMeWootang) February 4, 2022
I’ll go into a foxhole with guys who love each other and back up Coach Harsin! Also, if you reporters think this “publicity” is giving you credibility, you are more naive than I thought. Come out to a workout or practice and write about things you see instead of things you want
— John Samuel Shenker (@JsShenker) February 4, 2022
On Friday morning, a group of former Auburn players gathered on Instagram including Monday, Hunter, former linebacker Zakoby McClain, and former wide receiver Kobe Hudson, who is now at UCF. Over 1,700 people joined their Instagram live.
Here are some of the things that were said:
- Monday: “He’s good, he wants to win, but you also need a coach that can understand where you can from. I came from nothing. He hasn’t had one single conversation with my mother or my father … As a coach, how can you explain that?”
- In response, Zakoby McClain, Hunter and Monday discussed how Harsin’s culture is all about football all of the time, and not about relationships.
- Hudson: “If Harsin learned to relate to the people … he’ll be the next Nick Saban, bro, on my mama”
- Hunter: “Just let us focus on football. This year with him, bruh, you couldn’t have your mind just focused on football … These folks don’t understand, bruh”
- Hudson: “It’s a dictatorship … He never cared about what we thought, you feel what I’m saying?”
- Monday: “If y’all can give me a real reason for why Derek Mason left, I’ll be on your side.”
Before the live video ended, Hudson made perhaps the biggest statement of the stream:
“We ain’t saying he’s a bad man. We’re just saying what he can improve on.”
During the Instagram live, Harsin’s daughter Dayn joined the chat. She pushed back on the players who were calling out her father.
If you want some entertainment on this Friday y'all should go check on Kobe Hudsons Instagram lol.
He's live with a couple formed AU players.
Bryan Harsin daughter as well… pic.twitter.com/iv1GvBOFLp
— CFBLIVE247 (@CFBLive247_) February 4, 2022
Overall, the point of the Instagram live was to let high school recruits know what to expect.
The Instagram live is over now, but my biggest takeaway from linebacker Zakoby McClain, safety Smoke Monday, defensive tackle Lee Hunter and wide receiver Kobe Hudson was they wanted everyone to know what to expect from Bryan Harsin with Harsin recruiting their high schools
— Jordan D. Hill (@JordanDavisHill) February 4, 2022
Meanwhile, Harsin himself continues to stand firm and offered a very aggressive response to the allegations.