A mark of a great Tigers coach is how well they do against the in-state rival Alabama Crimson Tide. When asked about the Iron Bowl rivalry recently, Harsin suffered quite the geographic slip up.
"You've got a team up north that's doing a great job," Harsin said, via Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports. "Well, someone has to come here and figure out a way to compete with them. I know Gus [Malzahn] did a good job here, but things change and that's just the nature of it. We've got to compete in all areas."
While Tuscaloosa is technically located on a more northernly point of the map, the rival town is more West of Auburn than anything. Twitter trolls were quick to make the newly-hired coach aware of his mistake.
This past season, Auburn had quite the up-and-down season. While they showed great promise in some games (48-11 win over LSU), they fell well short in others (30-22 loss to unranked South Carolina). Capped off with a 35-19 Citrus Bowl loss to No. 14 Northwestern, the Tigers notched a disappointing 6-5 season.
Maybe his geography could use some work, but Tiger nation has a lot to look forward to with Harsin at the helm.
Through seven years as head coach at Boise State, Harsin led the Broncos to a 69-19 overall record and three bowl game wins. In his first season with the team in 2014, the rising-star head coach carried his squad to a 12-2 record and a 38-30 Fiesta Bowl victory over Arizona.
Will that beginners luck carry over into Harsin's first season with Auburn?