Auburn coach Bryan Harsin’s wife Kes responds to firing rumors: ‘Spread by fools’


Bryan Harsin is on the hot seat at Auburn, and his wife, Kes Harsin, has responded to some of the swirling rumors about why members of his staff left for other programs and players entered the transfer portal.

Harsin joined Auburn from Boise State last season, replacing Gus Malzahn. The Tigers went 6-7, losing their final five games, and there has been a noticeable exodus of players and assistant coaches, though some who have stayed have resolutely defended Harsin. There have also been sordid, unconfirmed personal rumors about Harsin on social media and message boards.

In her Instagram stories last week, Kes Harsin posted an aphorism rebutting the speculation: “Rumors are carried by haters, spread by fools, and accepted by idiots.”

Auburn president Jay Gogue addressed the situation about Harsin on Friday.

“I just want you to know we’re involved in trying to separate fact from fiction,” Gogue said. “We’ll keep you posted and make the appropriate decision at the right time.”

The school released a statement on Monday in which it said it is “judiciously collecting information from a variety of perspectives.” The statement also said Auburn does not “make institutional decisions based on social media posts or media headlines.”

Harsin’s recruiting class this year was not horrendous, but also not up to the lofty standards Auburn’s had in the past. Auburn was ranked No. 18 for the class of 2022 on Rivals; previously, the program has been among the top 10.

Auburn coach Bryan Harsin's wife Kes has rebutted swirling rumors about her husband.
Auburn coach Bryan Harsin’s wife Kes has rebutted swirling rumors about her husband.
Kes Harsin / Instagram

Friday morning, Lee Hunter, a former four-star defensive tackle who is transferring out of Auburn, wrote on Instagram that players are “treated like dogs.” Hunter wrote that Harsin “has the true mindset for a winner but has a terrible mindset as a person.”

Contrarily, tight end John Shenker defended the coach.

Bryan and Kes Harsin
Bryan and Kes Harsin.
Kes Harsin / Instagram

“Listen and Listen Carefully: @CoachHarsin is my football coach!” Shenker tweeted. “He is the leader I want to have in my corner. If you have a problem with his Discipline, Toughness, and Conviction that he instills in his players than get your entitled, selfish, and soft tail out away this program.

“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 to hear. WDE [War Dam Eagle].”


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