Auburn’s Harsin hires both of his coordinators

Auburn HC Bryan Harsin has plucked a pair of SEC veterans to serve as his coordinators.

New Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin might not have any coaching experience in the SEC, but he’s hired two coordinators that have loads of experience in the league.

Ex-Stanford defensive coordinator and former Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason is going to be Auburn’s next DC, according to the reporting of AL.com’s Matt Zenitz.

The 51-year-old Mason was fired after the Commodores went winless in his seventh season at the helm. Mason finished his tenure at Vanderbilt with a 27-55 overall record, but he did help the Commodores to a pair of bowl games.

Mason brought quarterback Kyle Shurmur and Ralph Webb to Nashville as Vandy recruits. Shurmur is the school’s career leader in passing yards with 8,865, breaking the previous record set by Jay Cutler. Webb, a Gainesville, FL., native, ran for a program-best 4,173 career rushing yards.

In his final season as DC at Stanford, Mason’s stop unit allowed opponents to score just an average of 19.0 points per game.

I’m a huge fan of Mason, who brings energy, optimism and enthusiasm to the table in everything he does. He’s a class act and will thrive as DC with better athletes that Auburn has compared to those at Vandy.

However, I’m not much of a fan of Harsin’s hire of Mike Bobo, who was a part of Shane Beamer’s new South Carolina staff as the Gamecocks’ OC. That changed earlier today when Auburn and Harsin snatched Bobo away from an SEC rival.

Beamer had retained Bobo, who just completed his first season at South Carolina and served as interim head coach after Will Muschamp was fired. Bobo played QB at Georgia and served as the QBs coach at his alma mater under Mark Richt for more than a decade. He was Richt’s OC from 2007-2014 until scoring his first head-coaching gig at Colorado St. in 2015.

Bobo replaced Jim McElwain at CSU, guiding the Rams to 7-6 overall records and 5-3 marks in the Mountain West Conference in each of his first three seasons. However, Bobo’s teams lost in bowl games in each of those first three years.

After a 3-9 campaign in 2018 and a 4-8 record in 2019, Bobo was fired by Colorado St. Muschamp hired his former UGA teammate to take over South Carolina’s struggling offense. Although the Gamecocks continued to suffer from poor QB play, sophomore RB Kevin Harris enjoyed a breakout season in Bobo’s first year of calling plays.

Bobo will inherit another workhorse RB at Auburn in rising sophomore Tank Bigsby. South Carolina went 0-3 under Bobo as interim head coach. His career head-coaching record stands at 28-38 overall.

DraftKings has Bigsby with 40/1 odds to win the Heisman Trophy next season. Rising junior QB Bo Nix has 50/1 Heisman odds.

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