Carnell Williams, often referred to as “Cadillac” by many in the Auburn fanbase, was the Tigers running backs coach before then-interim athletic director Rich McGlynn named him the program’s interim head coach for the final four games of the season.
Former Auburn All-American running back Carnell Williams will become the storied SEC football program’s first African American head coach. With the firing of Auburn Head Coach Bryan Harsin, Williams, who was previously the running back coach will be making another type of history. “I get goosebumps,” Williams said in his first news conference as head coach on Wednesday. “Never thought in a million years I’d be in this position.”
Wilton Jackson of SI.com writes:
“However, Williams has a tall task ahead of him. The Tigers’ (3–5) next four games include a pivotal road matchup against Mississippi State on Saturday, a home game against Texas A&M and a late-season duel with Western Kentucky before ending the regular season against Alabama in the Iron Bowl.
Other coaches on Harsin’s staff including offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau, tight ends coach Brad Bedell, strength coach Jeff Pitman, director of recruiting Darren Uscher and chief of staff Brad Larrondo were relieved of their duties after Harsin’s firing.”