Bryan Harsin

Bryan Harsin leaves Ark. St. for Boise State


Poor Arkansas State.  If all of the reports that are flooding in are accurate, the Sun Belt program will be looking for its fourth head the past four years.

Multiple media outlets are reporting Wednesday morning that Bryan Harsin is set to leave the Red Wolves and take over as the head coach at Boise State.  Harsin would, of course, replace Chris Petersen, who left the Broncos earlier this week for Washington.

An ASU official stated that a press release regarding Harsin and his future at the school would be released later today.  Harsin reportedly has a $1.75 million buyout built into his ASU deal, which will be paid by Boise.

The move would serve as a homecoming for Harsin, who was a Broncos assistant from 2001-10 and played his college football at the school prior to that.  From 2006-10, he served as Petersen’s offensive coordinator.

Former BSU head coach Dirk Koetter and former BSU defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox were also considered top targets in the search.

Harsin had replaced Gus Malzahn at Arkansas State when the latter left after one season for the Auburn job.  Malzahn, in turn, had replaced Hugh Freeze, who left Jonesboro after one season for Ole Miss.  Add in Steve Roberts, who “resigned” following the 2010 season, and fifth-year Red Wolves seniors in 2014 will have had five different head coaches during their time with the program.

UPDATED 12:06 p.m. ET: Both Arkansas State and Boise State have confirmed that Bryan Harsin has been named as the Broncos new head coach.

Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil to return for Texas A&M on Oct. 24

Associated Press

As if this day wasn’t busy enough, Ole Miss announced late Monday evening star-crossed offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil‘s suspension has been capped at seven games, meaning he’ll miss Saturday’s trip to Memphis but return in time for Texas A&M visit to The Grove on Oct. 24.

From the university:

The University initially withheld Tunsil from competition at the start of the season as both the NCAA and the University examined several alleged improper benefits.  During the course of the process, it was determined by the NCAA that Tunsil received impermissible extra benefits that included the use of three separate loaner vehicles over a sixth-month period without payment, a four-month interest-free promissory note on a $3,000 down payment for purchasing a used vehicle, two nights of lodging at a local home, an airline ticket purchased by a friend of a teammate, and one day use of a rental vehicle.  In addition, it was determined that Tunsil was not completely forthcoming when initially questioned by NCAA investigators regarding the loaner vehicles.  He later corrected his account and since apologized. 

As part of his reinstatement conditions, the NCAA imposed a seven-game suspension, ordered Tunsil to pay the value of the extra benefits to a charity, perform community service, and he will also make the vehicle down payment.

Said Tunsil: “I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made and want to thank everyone for their continued support. I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and the entire Ole Miss family for how my choices affected our program. This was a learning experience, and I’m looking forward to being back on the field with my team and redeeming myself. The last 10 months have been a physical and mental battle for me, but I love playing this game more than anything else. I want to be here for my teammates who are depending on me to finish what we started together.”

The news is, obviously, great for Tunsil and head coach Hugh Freeze personally, as well as the entire Ole Miss football program. It’s also a nice plus for NFL scouts, as it means Tunsil’s first live action of 2015 will come against possible future No. 1 draft pick Myles Garrett.

Hope he’s been practicing.

Report: Steve Spurrier set to retire

Steve Spurrier

Say it ain’t so, Steve.

According to a report from Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated Monday evening, Steve Spurrier is set to retire.

Spurrier, 70, is a legend the likes college football has never seen before and never will again.

He was a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Florida, then returned to his alma mater and turned the program into a juggernaut, leading the Gators to 122-27-1 record from 1990-01 and a national championship in 1996. After a stint with the NFL’s Washington Redskins, Spurrier landed at South Carolina, where since 2005 he’s racked up a school record 86 wins.

But those wins slowed down of late. After an SEC East championship in 2010 and three straight 11-2 seasons from 2011-13, the Gamecocks fell to 7-6 in 2014, and are off to a 2-4 mark this fall. With the possibility of losses to nemeses old and new like Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida and Clemson ahead, Spurrier, it appears, would rather fade away quietly to the putting green.

Perhaps no two sentences summarize Spurrier, then and now, more precisely than this:

Combined with his three years at Duke, Spurrier closes up shop with a 228-89-2 mark, and a bust in the coaches’ wing of the Hall of Fame waiting for him.