The 2022 Auburn Tigers football season hasn’t gone to plan, hence why Bryan Harsin is no longer the head coach. However, it has become very apparent that the Tigers are in very good hands with interim head coach Cadillac Williams.
The former Auburn running back led them to a 13-10 victory over Jimbo Fisher’s flailing Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday, and he followed it up with a stirring speech afterward that probably made every Tigers fan capable of running through a brick wall.
.@CoachCaddy24's first win as the head coach of @AuburnFootball 👏
This is the AUBURN FAMILY 🐅 pic.twitter.com/UbAHWkliiS
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 13, 2022
“I’m so appreciative of this Auburn family,” he said during a post-game interview on the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium. “These fans showed up and showed out. The energy. The atmosphere here. I’m just appreciative for this institution. I’m forever indebted to it. I love serving these young men. This coaching staff is bigger than me. It’s just not my show. We are together. We family. So, I’m excited.
“These kids just need a little love. They need to be loved on with the discipline. They need to know that it’s okay to make mistakes. They going to fall, but coaches will be there to pick them back up. Regardless, we got their back. They have to open their heart, and that’s what they did, to be honest with you.”
With two more games, Auburn has a chance to get to bowl eligibility. Win or lose, it sounds like Williams is making sure that everyone associated with the school and the football program knows this is all for them.
“My former teammates, my family, these players,” said Williams. “Look at this. Who don’t want to come to Auburn? Auburn football going to be OK. It ain’t dead. It ain’t dead. We comin’.”
You better believe that the college football world loved every minute of it.
This is just terrific in every way.
What a guy. https://t.co/4t6KIrCfWO
— Brett Edgerton (@EditorEdge) November 13, 2022
Man, this is so great. I went to UGA and Auburn is a rival, but I always loved watching Cadillac Williams run the football. This is even better. Love it. https://t.co/6DSxPMDFgM
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) November 13, 2022
Not only is Cadillac Williams qualified to be a head coach, he might be more qualified to be a U.S. Senator than either the former Auburn coach currently serving as one or the former NFL running back who's trying to pic.twitter.com/cE83fAfrsv
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) November 13, 2022
In Auburn’s darkest hour, an old hero emerged to bring hope to a suffering program without any. Cadillac Williams’ infectious spirit not only trickled down to the team, but the entire fanbase. He’s led AU with class, courage, humility & heart and we’re so proud he got his 1st win pic.twitter.com/97c3yPgu79
— Power of Dixieland (@PwrofDixieland) November 13, 2022
Cadillac’s postgame interviews are already must-see TV. Already committed to making my Monday column better after listening to this. pic.twitter.com/i6k1bbawYs
— David Ubben (@davidubben) November 13, 2022
The most dramatic vibe shift in the history of coach firings: Auburn going from Harsin to the quintessential Auburn Man https://t.co/6wU8c8AKJT
— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) November 13, 2022