Bryan Harsin wants Auburn to be a national destination for football recruits

Auburn Athletics photo by Todd Van Emst / Auburn football coach Bryan Harsin speaks to reporters via Zoom during his introductory news conference Thursday afternoon.

Bryan Harsin is the new face of Auburn football, but he wasn't a big fan of the Tigers a decade ago.

The former Boise State head coach was the offensive coordinator of the 2010 Broncos, who climbed to No. 2 nationally behind Oregon for three weeks that season before getting bumped down to No. 3 by Auburn. The Tigers would go on to defeat the Ducks for that season's BCS national championship.

"Heck yeah, I was pulling against them," Harsin said Thursday during an introductory Zoom call that lasted more than an hour. "I was all about where I was at. If I had any sort of voting power at that time, I would have put us ahead of them."

Harsin was named this past Tuesday as Auburn's new coach after guiding Boise State to a 69-19 record with three Mountain West Conference championships in the last seven seasons.