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As rumors swirl about the next Auburn head football coach, SEC Network's Paul Finebaum is floating a new, yet familiar, name out there.

During an appearance on WJOX 94.5 FM's "McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning," Finebaum suggested interim head football coach Carnell "Cadillac" Williams should now be in consideration after inspiring the team and leading them to a win over Texas A&M over the weekend.

[Relevant portion beginning around the 9:30 mark]

"[T]he idea that Carnell Williams, without any head coaching experience, can slay the biggest name this side of Nick Saban in college football, was just downright amazing to watch," Finebaum outlined. "And I could just hear in my own mind bars across America cheering for Carnell Williams because it was really inspiring to watch that story develop in real time for the second Saturday in a row."

Finebaum said Auburn's performance over the weekend under Williams has changed things "dramatically" as far as their coaching search goes.

"You're getting an opportunity to see what a coach's impact is on players, and I think, you know, first, you have to determine: Are we overreacting to the moment because of the comatose level of excitement that Bryan Harsin brought? Yeah, probably, but that doesn't matter if it's real, and only the people on that campus can tell if it's real," he explained.

Finebaum added, "[I] think you have to consider Carnell Williams today as a legitimate candidate for the job."

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