AUBURN — One of the best running backs in Auburn history is now the interim head coach for the Tigers final four regular season games. Carnell ‘Cadillac’ Williams, the team’s running back coach, will lead the Tigers following Bryan Harsin’s firing, Auburn announced Monday.
Williams will be Auburn’s first-ever African-American head coach, and only Auburn’s third interim head coach ever.
After his prolific career at Auburn, including the 2004 undefeated season, Williams was drafted No. 5 in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After a six-year NFL career, Williams took a break from football before becoming a graduate assistant at West Georgia. The next season, he became the running backs coach of IMG Academy and a year later, headed to the Birmingham Iron to hold the same position.
In 2019, Williams returned to the Plains to be the running backs coach under Gus Malzahn and has served in the position ever since.
In addition to Harsin’s firing, a host of former Boise State coaches have been fired, according to reports from Jeffrey Lee of AuburnLive.
Offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau, tight ends coach/assistant head coach Brad Bedell, strength and conditioning coach Jeff Pitman, general manager and director of scouting Drew Fabianich, football chief of staff Brad Larrondo and director of recruiting Darren Uscher have all been fired. All six of the staffers worked with Harsin at Boise State and followed the coach to Auburn.
There is no word on who will fill those roles as Auburn prepares to travel to Starkville and take on Mississippi State on Saturday, with kickoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CST on ESPN2.
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