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College football coaching carousel: Ranking top Power Five jobs available after Auburn fires Bryan Harsin

College football coaching carousel: Ranking top Power Five jobs available after Auburn fires Bryan Harsin

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A sixth Power Five job opened on Halloween when Auburn moved on from coach Bryan Harsin after just 21 games and a 9-12 record. Auburn was one game away from the College Football Playoff in 2017, but has managed fewer than eight wins on the year since. Harsin soon fell out of favor with the power brokers on campus, and now reported the hiring of Auburn’s athletic director John Cohen will get a chance to put his spin on the show.

Harsin becomes the sixth Power Five coach fired college football before the month of November, tying the same number as the 2021 season. Nebraska coach Scott Frost was the first coach to go pink, and things have only spiraled from there. Georgia Tech and Colorado made changes after Geoff Collins and Karl Dorrell, respectively, led their teams to historically miserable starts.

Arizona State then fired Herm Edwards as an NCAA hammer awaited the program. Meanwhile, Paul Chryst is off to a 2-3 start at Wisconsin for the third straight season, coming off a 34-10 loss to an Illinois team led by former Badgers coach Bret Bielema.

Part of firing a coach midseason is trying to hit the market early. It could work out in a big way, as USC has weeks to orchestrate the poaching of Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley. However, if the market becomes too saturated with better competitors, it can also leave you with second-tier candidates.

With that in mind, and with the carousel starting again, let’s take a look at the top Power Five coaching openings after Auburn that are finally opening up.

Ranking the best Power Five openings





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