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Auburn wide receiver Marcus Davis (80) works out during Pro Day Friday, March 10, 2017, during Pro Day at the Auburn Athletic Complex in Auburn, Ala. (Julie Bennett/jbennett@al.com)AP
Auburn officially announces hiring of Marcus Davis as wide receivers coach

Marcus Davis joins the staff after a one-year stint at Georgia Southern, where he served as the wide receivers coach under Clay Helton.

Coach Hugh Freeze, Coach Zac Etheridge and Coach Carnell Williams talk during the morning of Auburn football signing day on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022 in Auburn, Ala. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Auburn flips two four-stars on Early Signing Day

When Auburn hired Hugh Freeze, the Tigers' 2023 recruiting class ranked outside of the top-50 nationally and was near the bottom of the SEC.

Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze looks towards his team during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. Mississippi won 27-14. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)AP
Auburn announces Hugh Freeze as next head coach

The dust has settled and Auburn has found its next head coach. The Tigers have named Hugh Freeze the 31st head football coach in program history, Athletics Director John Cohen announced on Monday. Initial reports indicate that Freeze will be signing a 6-year, $6.5 million contract to be on the Plains. 

Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze leads his team onto the field to play Arkansas during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Fayetteville, Ark.
Report: Hugh Freeze to Auburn

After a whirlwind of rumors over the weekend, reports are indicating that Auburn is hiring Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze to be the program’s 28th head coach. As reported by Ross Dellinger of SINow and Justin Hokanson of ON3 Sports, the university and Freeze are finalizing a deal today, with an announcement expected to come later today.s

Nov 26, 2022; Tuscaloosa, Al, USA; Coach Carnell Williams, Coach Ronnie Brown talk with Nick Saban before the game between Auburn and Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Who should Auburn keep under its new head coach?

The Auburn coaching search continues after a long week of rumors surrounding Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin ended with Kiffin telling ESPN’s Chris Low that he is staying in Oxford, as reports have also indicated that Kiffin will sign an extension. 

Nov 26, 2022; Tuscaloosa, Al, USA; Coach Carnell Williams talks to his team before the game between Auburn and Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
'We gave our all for him': Auburn fights in Cadillac's possible final game as head coach

When Carnell ‘Cadillac’ Williams took over as the interim head coach, he inherited a program that was in a state of disarray not seen around the Plains since the dreaded 2012 season. Auburn was 3-10 in its last 13 games and fighting for bowl eligibility after a blowout loss at home to Arkansas. 

Coach Carnell Williams celebrates touchdown during the football game between the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium in Auburn, AL on Saturday, Nov 19, 2022. Zach Bland/Auburn Tigers
Cadillac, Auburn senior class ready for Iron Bowl

Carnell ‘Cadillac’ Williams understands the significance of this matchup, of what this rivalry means to not just the players but fans across the state.

Mississippi head coach Lane Kiffin watches on during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Alabama won 30-24. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)AP
Report: Lane Kiffin to Auburn; Ole Miss, Kiffin deny rumors

The Auburn coaching search has taken another turn as Jon Sokoloff reports Lane Kiffin will step down at Ole Miss on Friday following Thursday's Egg Bowl and head to Auburn to become the Tigers' 28th head coach.

Nov 19, 2022; Auburn, AL, USA; Coach Carnell Williams celebrates touch-down during the game between Auburn and Western Kentucky at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mackenzie Harris / AU Athletics
The Auburn report card following Tigers' second win in a row

Grading Auburn following its dominant 41-17 win over Western Kentucky. 

Nov 19, 2022; Auburn, AL, USA; D.J. James (4) scores a touchdown during the game between Auburn and Western Kentucky at Jordan Hare Stadium. Todd Van Emst / AU Athletics
Auburn defense pitches second half shutout as Tigers win second in a row

Auburn’s seniors went out with a bang, and the Tigers are winners of two in a row after a shutout of the Western Kentucky offense in the second half led to a 41-17 Auburn victory.

November 12, 2022; Auburn, Al, USA;  Colby Wooden (25) forces the quarterback to throw off balance during the game between Auburn and Texas A&M at Jordan-Hare Stadium.  Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Colby Wooden named SEC Defensive Lineman of the week as Auburn defense improves

For the second time this season, an Auburn defensive lineman has been recognized as the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week, and this time it is junior standout Colby Wooden.

Jarquez Hunter (27) carry during the Football Game between the Auburn Tigers and Texas A&M Aggies at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, AL on Saturday, Nov 12, 2022. Todd Van Emst/Auburn Tigers
Grading Auburn's positions after its 13-10 win over Texas A&M

The grades for Auburn following its 13-10 win in a defensive slugfest with Texas A&M. 

Tank Bigsby (4) touchdown during the Football Game between the Auburn Tigers and Texas A&M Aggies at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, AL on Saturday, Nov 12, 2022.
Auburn running backs go crazy, Cadillac gets first win as head coach

On the coldest night of the year in Auburn, with two of the coldest teams in the SEC doing battle, the Tigers finally ended their five-game losing streak with an ugly but hard-fought win over Texas A&M. Auburn’s defense shut down the Aggies offense in a dominant second-half display that secured the 13-10 victory. 

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Auburn fights for bowl eligibility as Texas A&M visits Jordan-Hare

Just under two years ago, it was hard to imagine that a primetime kickoff between Auburn(3-6, 1-5 SEC) and Texas A&M(3-6, 1-5) on a Saturday in November would decide the last place team in the SEC West.

Starkville, MS, USA; Owen Pappoe (0) and Cam Riley (13) tackle MSU offense between Auburn and Mississippi State at Davis Wade Stadium .
Grading Auburn following its near-comeback loss to MSU

The grades for Auburn following its heartbreaking 39-33 comeback loss to Mississippi State.

Starkville, MS, USA; Pre-game huddle with Coach Carnell Williams before the game between Auburn and Mississippi State at Davis Wade Stadium .
Cadillac's comeback falls short; Auburn drops its fifth straight 39-33

With a slow start, missed opportunities on turnovers and a comeback that came up just short, Auburn fought as its coach said, but the Tigers could not pull off the upset in Starkville. 

Coach Carnell Williams after practice Auburn football practice on Wednesday, Nov 2 2022 in Auburn, AL.
Auburn prepares for first game under Cadillac; Interim coach hopes to 'play hard, compete'

The hiring of Carnell ‘Cadillac’ Williams has seemingly breathed life into a program that was looking for direction during the final weeks of the Bryan Harsin era.

Coach Carnell Williams talks to his team following practice Tuesday. Auburn football practice on Tuesday, Nov 1 2022 in Auburn, AL.
For Auburn's 'Cadillac' Williams, the last few days have been bittersweet

When Carnell ‘Cadillac’ Williams first stepped foot onto Auburn’s campus in 2001, the freshman running back had lofty expectations in front of him.

Auburn coach Carnell Williams talks on Zoom, Tuesday, April 5, 2021 in Auburn, Ala. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Auburn names Carnell 'Cadillac' Williams as interim head coach

Carnell ‘Cadillac’ Williams, the team’s running back coach, is now the interim coach for the Tigers following Bryan Harsin’s firing, Auburn announced. 

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Auburn fires Bryan Harsin

The Bryan Harsin era has come to an end after 21 games on the Plains. The firing was announced on Monday in a press release sent out on Monday. 

October 29, 2022 ; Auburn, Al, USA; Robby Ashford (9) breaks out for run during the game between Auburn and Arkansas at Jordan-Hare Stadium.  Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Arkansas runs away with 41-27 victory, Harsin looking for answers

Auburn is 3-10 in its last 13 games, and Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin is looking for answers once again.

Oxford, MS, USA; Tank Bigsby (4) carry during Auburn vs Ole Miss
Grading Auburn after its fourth loss ever in Oxford

The grades for Auburn following the Tigers’ 47th meeting with Ole Miss, a 48-34 defeat in Oxford.

Sep 17, 2022; Auburn, Al, USA; Tank Bigsby (4) breaks tackle during the game between Auburn and Penn State at Jordan Hare Stadium.  Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Auburn committed to running game despite offensive line issues

Auburn’s woes in the running game continued on Saturday, but Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin is committed to that part of the offense, as well as staying balanced. 

Athens, GA, USA; Colby Wooden (25) tackles Georgia offense during the game between Auburn and Georgia at Sanford Stadium.
Grading Auburn's positions following a 42-10 defeat in Athens

The grades for Auburn following a 42-10 loss in the 127th edition of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.

24 09, 2022; Auburn, AL, USA; Eku Leota (55) during Auburn vs Missouri Mandatory Credit: Todd Van Emst
Auburn edge Eku Leota 'likely out' for season with pectoral injury

The Auburn defense has been dealt a serious blow following the LSU game, as Bryan Harsin confirmed that Eku Leota suffered a pectoral injury and will have surgery on Tuesday. 

Auburn, Al, USA; Robby Ashford (9) throws a pass during the game between Auburn and LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium
Grading Auburn after narrow 21-17 loss to LSU

The grades for Auburn after another blown lead in SEC play.

Coach Bryan Harsin hugs Robby Ashford and wife Kes Harsin after the game on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022 in Auburn.
Turnovers and another scoreless second half doom Auburn in 57th Tiger Bowl

Second halves have defined the Bryan Harsin Era at Auburn, and not in the way they should. For the second game in a row, the Tigers(3-2) failed to score any points in the second half, and the fourth time in their last five Power Five games. 

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