Bryan Harsin Is Back In The Country, Attends SEC Meeting Amid Ongoing Mess

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The ongoing saga at Auburn continued on Thursday morning when head coach Bryan Harsin arrived in Birmingham for the scheduled SEC football coaches meeting. This meeting has been on the books for a while, so it’s not surprising that Auburn would be represented.

Harsin returned from vacation late Wednesday night and made the quick drive north to Birmingham for the meeting. Now, this is not some type of big news maker meeting, as the conference usually just goes over new rules and discusses the latest hot topics.

The situation is so crazy that Harsin came in through the side entrance since several local television crews had set up around the perimeter of the SEC office, looking for a shot of the Auburn coach.

This is truly some next level gamesmanship by Harsin. As long as he’s the coach for Auburn, he should go about his day as normal. Even with all the ongoing drama, this is the best avenue for Harsin, as, I can promise you, his lawyers told him repeatedly.

On Wednesday night, I wrote about the public relations nightmare that this is causing the school, but the school also did something to keep Harsin talking. The university uploaded a new policy to the compliance database, and it went into effect on Tuesday, February 8th. This policy states that all employees must cooperate in school investigations and inquiries. If an employee does not cooperate, his contract could be terminated for cause.

This rule seems to have been established because, according to multiple sources, Harsin has not been fully cooperative so far. He even allegedly extended his vacation time while this investigation was continuing. But, he’s back now, so we will see what his lawyers advise him to do and say.

Here is video of Harsin leaving the SEC offices this afternoon, weaving his way around vehicle, as reporters look for comment.

On another note, it is kind of interesting that Lane Kiffin and Jimbo Fisher are in the same room for the first time since their press conferences last week, where they subtly went after each other over NIL statements. I imagine the conversations will be entertaining for some, especially when the subject of Name, Image, and Likeness is broached.

We will see what happens with Auburn moving forward, but Harsin was just doing his job by showing up in Birmingham today. One thing it did make clear is that the school isn’t done with this public relations nightmare, and it might take a bit to complete.

Written by Trey Wallace

Trey Wallace is the host of The Trey Wallace Podcast that focuses on a mixture of sports, culture, entertainment along with his perspective on everything from College Football to the College World Series.

Wallace has been covering college sports for 15 years, starting off while attending the University of South Alabama. He’s broken some of the biggest college stories including the Florida football “Credit Card Scandal” along with the firing of Jim McElwin and Kevin Sumlin. Wallace also broke one of the biggest stories in college football in 2020 around the NCAA investigation into recruiting violations against Tennessee football head coach Jeremy Pruitt.

Wallace also appears on radio across seven different states breaking down that latest news in college sports.

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