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Auburn loses again but hiring John Cohen as AD would be a victory

There may be hope for Auburn yet. Not on the football field, where this helpless season and the hopeless tenure of an overmatched coach can't end soon enough, but behind closed doors, where decisions that shape the future are made.


As al.com has reported, it appears that Auburn is one step closer to saying good riddance to Bryan Harsin and his arrogance and hello, please save us to John Cohen and his experience as athletics director.


So there is a light at the end of this tunnel.


On Harsin, the less said, the better after Arkansas 41, Auburn 27. Anyone who engaged in or endorsed his hiring should not be permitted within three football fields of the next one. A fourth straight loss dropped the Tigers to 3-5 this year and 3-10 in their last 13 games. The last Auburn coach to suffer through a worse stretch: Shug Jordan lost the last four games of his first season in 1951 and went 2-8 in 1952 for a 2-12 period of darkness before the dawn.


At this point, let me apologize to the Jordan family for mentioning the beloved, salt-of-the-earth Shug in the same breath as the haughty Harsin. One has his name on the stadium because he embodied what it means to be an Auburn man. The other has been the antithesis, and he shouldn't be allowed to darken that doorway for one more Saturday.


If getting outclassed on the field weren't enough, Harsin made the media, including the Auburn Network, wait about an hour and 20 minutes after the game ended to grace them with his graceless presence. He had no answers, as usual, but his false bravado was fully intact.


There was an air of anticipation that perhaps the delay was caused by someone in authority deciding that enough was enough, but apparently, he gets at least one more sleep on the job.


The best news of the day came in numerous reports that Auburn was in serious discussions with Cohen, the Mississippi State athletics director, to assume the same position on the Plains. ...


Read more of Kevin's report on the Auburn search for a new athletics director. Only in The Lede.


Aubie leads the Tiger Walk before Auburn plays Arkansas. (Austin Perryman/Auburn Athletics)