Auburn is firing several employees with ties to Boise State, including OC Eric Kiesau

Auburn is firing several employees with ties to Boise State, including OC Eric Kiesau

More changes have come to Auburn’s football staff after firing Bryan Harsinas most former Boise State employees have been shown the door.

Auburn parted ways with offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau, tight ends coach Brad Bedell, director of recruiting Darren Uscher, chief of staff Brad Larrond, strength and conditioning coach Jeff Pitman and general manager/director of scouting Drew Fabianich, a source confirmed. AL.com. All of these hires, except for Fabianich, previously worked with Harsin at Boise State and followed him to Auburn when he took over the program in December 2020.

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Those departures leave defensive coordinator Jeff Schmedding as the only Boise State communications assistant still on staff for now.

Kiesau spent four seasons on Harsin’s staff at Boise State, including two as offensive coordinator, before joining his staff at Auburn last season as an offensive analyst. He was promoted to wide receivers coach four games into the 2020 season after Harsin fired Cornelius Williams. Kiesau was then promoted to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in the spring, following a turbulent process to replace former offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.

Kiesau was elevated to offensive coordinator after Harsin’s original pick, Austin Davis, abruptly resigned from the position just weeks after being hired. He was in the first year of a two-year deal that paid him $800,000 a year.

Bedell was in his second season as Auburn’s tight ends coach. He spent the previous four seasons on Harsin’s Boise State staff as the Broncos’ offensive line coach and game coordinator. Bedell received a raise in the offseason, bringing his salary to $400,000 this season.

It is currently unclear who will replace Kiesau and Bedell as assistants on the field for the remainder of the season under interim head coach Cadillac Williams.

Larrondo came to Auburn as Harsin’s chief of staff and associate athletics director after spending the previous 27 years in the Boise State athletic department. He served in a similar role during Harsin’s final two seasons at Boise State, serving as Harsin’s point guard while also helping oversee the Broncos’ support staff. Provided external support for program fundraising and community outreach and assisted in the direction and development of the football program. He worked closely with Boise State’s athletic director on athletic management and department-wide initiatives.

Uscher was Auburn’s director of recruiting and personnel after spending the previous seven seasons at Boise State, including five in the same capacity with the Broncos.

Pitman previously served as Boise State’s strength coach under Harsin, while Fabianich joined the program as general manager this summer after previously serving as a scout for the Dallas Cowboys. According to a contract obtained by AL.com through a public records request, Fabianich was on a one-year, $225,000 contract after being hired in July.

Tom Green and Nubyjas Wilborn are Auburn beat reporters for the Alabama Media Group. Follow them on Twitter @Tomas_Verde and @nwilborn19.

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