“Rumors Are Carried By Haters” | Allegations Of Auburn Head Coach Bryan Harsin Having Affair With Staffer Might Signal His Exit

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There is trouble in the Plains.

Recently, Auburn football coach Bryan Harsin has been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons.

However, now his personal life is taking center stage. Harsin is rumored to be having an affair with his assistant Clesi Crochet.

Harsin’s Follies

Harsin’s wife Kes took to Instagram to let the world know she is standing by her man.

“Rumors are carried by haters, spread by fools, and accepted by idiots.”

However, Harsin is feeling the heat based on the Tigers’ performance, a 6-7 season. Now Harsin could potentially be one-and-done.

Before leading the Auburn Tigers, Harsin coached the Boise State University Broncos from the 2014 season through the 2020 season. He posted a 64-17 record. He began his head coaching career at Arkansas State University for the 2013 season.

New Levels, New Rules

Amid the allegations, the university has now implemented a new policy for employees centered on cooperation with investigations.

The policy went into effect this past Tuesday, Feb. 8. The document’s title is the “Employee Duty to Cooperate” policy. The policy statement contained in the document seems directly tied to the potential allegations lobbed against Harsin.

“Auburn University, Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station (‘University’) employees have a duty to cooperate with university investigations and reviews.”

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Faded Glory

The record also reflects a down year for Auburn’s recruiting, while staff like coordinators are exiting after just one season. Former coordinator Mike Bobo is now back at Georgia, Derek Mason is now at Oklahoma State, and Austin Davis didnt even last two months.

Freshman defensive lineman Lee Hunter recently announced his transfer from Auburn to UCF this past offseason and has expressed his uneasiness with the program.

Hunter, who did not record any stats during the 2021 season for Auburn, is rated the No. 21 defensive lineman in the class of 2021. According to reports, Hunter was Auburn’s second-highest prospect to enroll last year and was ranked as the No. 81 overall player nationally in the 2021 signing class.

Also, quarterback Bo Nix entered the transfer portal and then committed to play for Dan Lanning at Oregon. Nix is a legacy quarterback.

Auburn Speaks

According to reports, Auburn President Jay Gogue recently spoke on the situation during a board of trustees meeting.

“There’s been a lot of rumors and a lot of allegations made about our football program, and I just want you to know that we’re involved and trying to separate fact from fiction and we’ll keep you posted and make the appropriate decisions at the right time.”

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If Auburn had to terminate Harsin’s contract, the university would have to pay him. According to reports, the terms of Harsin’s agreement say firing Harsin without cause means the university would owe him a guaranteed 70 percent of the remainder of his contract.

Harsin made $5 million in his first year, a salary that was set to increase by $100,000 annually beginning Jan. 1 of this year. He would be owed 50 percent of the buyout (about $9.1 million) within 30 days, followed by four annual, equal payments of about $2.275 million to cover the rest.

Not All Bad

However, not all feel that Harsin’s tenure was bad for Auburn. Graduating safety Smoke Monday took to Instagram to show his support.

“Harsin is a hell of a coach that wants to win,” Monday posted, who has entered the NFL draft, posted on Instagram. “But as kids we try our best to out-grow where we came from, but we need people that didn’t grow up the way we grow up to help us.”

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