Auburn set to add former Kentucky QB Mike Hartline to staff, suing DL Cardinals coach Brentson Buckner

Auburn‘s football reportedly brought a former All-SEC quarterback to his coaching staff. Bryan Harsin and the Tigers will hire former Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline as an analyst, according to several reports. In a concurrent report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Auburn also appears to be making an effort to add Arizona Cardinals defensive line coach Brentson Buckner after Buckner reportedly turned down an offer to join Dabo Swinney’s staff at Clemson.

Hartline has spent the last three seasons as an offensive coordinator at the NCAA Division II Ohio Dominican in Columbus, Ohio. He is the younger brother of the Ohio State receivers coach Brian hartline, who assembled one of the country’s first wide reception halls for the Buckeyes since being elevated to his current position in 2019. Hartline, before taking the OC position at the Ohio Dominican, served as a QA and Shift Assistant in Cincinnati starting in 2017. -18. He was also an intern on the Urban Meyer coaching staff at Ohio State from 2015 to 2016.

As a player, Hartline was in Kentucky from 2006 to 2010. He spent his freshman year on the Lexington campus before seeing limited action in 2007 as a rookie in a red blouse. Hartline then took over the starting duties in 2008. Hartline, after his stint with the Wildcats, was ultimately not drafted in 2011 until he had stints with the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots. He was never on the active roster of either franchise, with his time in the NFL ending when the Patriots released him in May 2012.

Buckner, who played college football at Clemson and was a second-round pick in the 1994 NFL Draft, is in his second season in his second stint with Arizona. He did not hold a college coaching position during his career, having held various positions in the NFL since the 2010 season.

Hartilne and Buckner would join an Auburn team that went 6-7 in the team’s first year under Harsin, who was hired in December 2020 after the Tigers parted ways with Gus Malzahn after eight seasons. Auburn flirted with a 7-5 regular season victory, but couldn’t complete his thwarted Alabama offer in the final week of the regular season before relinquishing a touchdown lead in the last minute and to lose in several overtime. The Tigers then fell to Houston in the Birmingham Bowl.

The collapse against not only Alabama but also South Carolina, combined with a difficult performance against Mississippi State and a four-game losing streak to end the season, saw the college football analyst and writer CBS Sports Barrett Sallee give Harsin a “D +” grade in his look among freshman college football coaches.

“The four-game losing streak, which included a loss to South Carolina and a collapse to Mississippi State, was unacceptable,” Sallee wrote. “Other than the first 58 minutes against Alabama – and even that didn’t end well – Auburn’s season was as pedestrian as it comes.”

After the season Auburn entered the No.13 class nationally, with Mobile (Ala.) Linebacker Williamson leading the way. Robert woodyard, which was part of a strong transport in the state.

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“I mean, here in our backyard we have players playing at this level,” Harsin said. “And they are there. We want these guys to be a part of what we do and I think for them too it’s not just about us. We’re thinking of that opportunity for them – to play for a program like Auburn that’s just down the road. It means something. Family, friends – you know you are going to have this support. I think there is a lot to be said for that.

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