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If Auburn is to become a national contender, just like every team, it will have to put in the work during the offseason.
Coach Bryan Harsin seems to realize that.
It all starts next week, as the start of June signifies a return to normal recruiting schedules and rules after a year of dealing with COVID-19 fears.
“There’s going to be a lot of times where it’s smooth and we’re hitting our times and we’re where we need to be, and everybody knows what to do,” Harsin told reporters. “And then there’s going to be some things we know are going to happen this summer — a guy doesn’t show up, a guy comes on an unofficial — whatever it is, there’s going to be some things that happen through the summer that we just got to be ready to adjust. Right now, it’s not so much having like contingency plans as it is just having a formula to communicate when things happen.”
Auburn is coming off a 6-5 finish, including a 6-4 mark in the SEC. Harsin, 44, arrived there after seven years at Boise State, where he compiled an impressive 69-19 record. That included 5-2 last season.
Now, his eyes are set on making the best of summer with the Tigers.
“We’ve got to maximize June and July,” Harsin said. “We got to maximize the summer, the practices, the player-run practices — all those things in order for us to really hit those checkmarks along those two months, to when we get in August. We got 25 practices that are going to go like that, and then we’re playing.”
Auburn opens the season Sept. 4 vs. Akron. You can check out the Tigers’ full schedule here.