On Monday afternoon, running back coach Carnell "Cadillac" Williams was named the interim head coach of Auburn football hours after the dismissal of Bryan Harsin.
Williams served as an assistant coach for the Tigers the last four years and was the only position coach retained from Gus Malzahn's tenure to Harsin's.
Williams' time as RB coach at Auburn marks his only collegiate-level coaching experience outside of one year as a graduate assistant at West Georgia.
Furthermore, Williams served as the running back's coach for high school IMG Academy and as RB coach for the Birmingham Iron during the AAF's lone year in operation.
Williams played running back at Auburn from 2001-2004 where he was an all-American in 2004.
After leading Auburn to an undefeated season in 2004, Williams turned to the NFL where he was a first-round pick, had a seven-year career and won the 2005 NFL Rookie of the Year.
Williams ranks second all time in career yards rushing at Auburn and first all time in rushing touchdowns.
Auburn fired Harsin just over halfway into his second season after the hire from Boise State accumulated a 9-12 record during his 21 games as head of the program. Since starting 6-2 at Auburn, Harsin lost 10 of the last 13 games at Auburn. With the loss to Arkansas on Saturday, every SEC West team logged a win over Auburn since Harsin took over the program.
Williams makes his head coaching debut against Mississippi State on Saturday with a road trip to Starkville then faces Texas A&M, Western Kentucky and Alabama to conclude the season.
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