The day Auburn football fans were waiting for finally arrived on Monday. After poor performances on the field and seemingly endless controversy off it, Auburn finally canned head football coach Bryan Harsin after less than two seasons at the helm. It may have cost the school a hefty buyout, but it is well worth it to move on from this disastrous era.

By firing Harsin, Auburn continued an interesting trend in college football this season. The Tigers became the eighth team in the country to fire their head coach, and sixth among Power Five teams.

While assistants and unemployed former head coaches across the country will line up for all of these openings, some coaching vacancies are definitely more enticing than others. Let’s go over four of the most attractive head coach openings in college football right now.


4. Arizona State Sun Devils

When discussing premier college football programs, Arizona State is far from the first to come to mind. Still, the Sun Devils have traditionally been a solid team and can usually do some damage in the Pac-12. The Sun Devils have finished above .500 in each of the past five seasons, excluding the COVID-shortened 2020 season where they finished 2-2.

This season has been one to forget in Tempe, though, as Arizona State is just 3-5 heading into November, seventh in the Pac-12. The Sun Devils hit rock bottom in an embarrassing  30-21 home loss to Eastern Michigan on September 17th. Head coach Herm Edwards received the pink slip immediately after the game, and more shocking details surrounding his firing have emerged in the weeks since.

Arizona State does have some red flags surrounding it. For one, the school’s athletic director role remains in question amid controversy about the football program’s alleged recruiting violations, despite a recent vote of confidence in current AD Ray Anderson. The school’s standing in conference realignment is also in question, as it is reportedly one of the Big 12’s targets after USC and UCLA announced their impending departure from the Pac-12 this summer.

However, the Sun Devils offer a good, if not great, history of winning and solid recruiting. The right coach may be able to take this team from solid to being a legit conference contender.