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Report: Harsin, Koetter interviewing for Boise State job

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It appears Boise State is going back to its past in its search for a future head coach.

According to the Idaho Statesman, Arkansas State head coach Bryan Harsin and Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter are scheduled to interview Monday for the football program’s coaching vacancy.  A decision on a replacement for Chris Petersen, who left the Broncos for Washington last week, could be made before the end of the week.

Harsin and Koetter both have extensive ties to the Broncos.  The former played his college football at Boise and served as the Broncos’ offensive coordinator from 2006-10, while the latter was head coach from 1998-2000.

Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, a Broncos assistant from 2001-09, is also expected to interview for the job, if he hasn’t already.  Wilcox could also move on to USC with Steve Sarkisian, who was replaced by Petersen at UW after he took the Trojans job.

The Statesman notes that Harsin’s buyout from his Arkansas State contract would be $1.75 million.  The combination of Petersen’s buyout ($750,000) plus a lower salary for the new head coach — Petersen made just over $2.1 million in 2013 — could allow the athletic department absorb such a financial hit.

Harsin is in his first season as the Red Wolves coach after spending 2011 and 2012 as Texas’ coordinator.

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5 Responses to “Report: Harsin, Koetter interviewing for Boise State job”
  1. tigersfandan says: Dec 9, 2013 2:27 PM

    I’d imagine Arkansas State is about fed up with coaches jumping ship after one year. Next guy should get a clause in his contract saying he can’t leave for another job without coaching at least two seasons.

  2. footballislife01 says: Dec 9, 2013 3:14 PM

    Maybe Harsin can return favor to Mack Brown and hire Brown as an assistant since he is about to be out at Texas.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Dec 9, 2013 3:35 PM

    Didn’t think it would take long for Boise to contact Harsin. Co-OC for two years and HC for one, just biding his time.

  4. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 9, 2013 6:59 PM

    Yes, I’m sure ASU is hot right now. That is why the buyout is so high, much higher than his salary. Unfortunately they can’t put a can’t leave clause in their contract or they would. Maybe the need to hire someone like a successful high school coach who will kind of have to stay for a few years, instead of a hot coordinator at a higher level.

    For those of you who don’t know, Arkansas State has had 4 different head coaches each of the last 4 years!

    Footballislife- hahaha that’s great! But we don’t know what he could coach.

  5. normtide says: Dec 10, 2013 12:46 AM

    Asu has also been fairly successful the last four years. That’s always going to be the trade off for that program. I do agree though, having four coaches hired away four years straight is a bit much.

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