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Bryan Harsin leaves Ark. St. for Boise State

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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.

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14 Responses to “Bryan Harsin leaves Ark. St. for Boise State”
  1. timh1955 says: Dec 11, 2013 9:57 AM

    I heard Nick Saban was going to Boise.

  2. timh1955 says: Dec 11, 2013 9:58 AM

    Guess it was a rumor

  3. waynefontes says: Dec 11, 2013 10:03 AM

    Arkansas State has had Malzahn and High Freeze as head coach. Now their coach is going to Boise State. I don’t like Boise State, but I imagine he will do well.

    Arkansas State – the new cradle of coaches >_<

  4. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 11, 2013 10:04 AM

    I hurt for those players. This is the example of instability in a program. They need to hire an up and comer high school or lower level assistant that can’t go one and done like the last three hot name assistants that have left.

  5. tigersfandan says: Dec 11, 2013 10:09 AM

    Well, with the recent history to support them, it should be easy for Arkansas State to make a good hire. What about Mario Cristobal?

  6. 24mountaincreeks says: Dec 11, 2013 10:34 AM

    Mario Cristobal. Kind of strange his name isn’t kicked around more for HC openings. Couple years ago, he was connected to just about every job

  7. thefiesty1 says: Dec 11, 2013 10:35 AM

    Foregone conclusion. When Harsin came to Texas I knew he’d be back in Boise as soon as possible. Good Luck Brian.

  8. jdbaker01 says: Dec 11, 2013 10:36 AM

    Ed Orgeron is available or is he still holding his breath until USC changes its mind?

  9. gatorprof says: Dec 11, 2013 11:13 AM

    Pease didn’t get the call? I thought that he was the best offensive mind in football? Further confirmation that what happened at Boise offensively was more a function of Petersen and Harsin. Maybe Harsin will hire his former protegee as OC?

  10. boisehockeyref says: Dec 11, 2013 11:52 AM

    All I can say is BSU’s offensive coordinator Robert Prince better be getting his resume in order..he’s going to need it.

  11. iheartflacco says: Dec 11, 2013 11:53 AM

    Make no mistake about it the University President made this hire. Harsin is his boy. Even coach Pete saw the handwriting on the wall and decided it was time to leave. (8-4) with no Kellen Moore’s in the pipeline. I think this is the wrong hire. BSU didn’t need to pay 1.75 M to get a guy with no coaching pedigree. Harsin has a very good offensive mind but that alone won’t get it done in Boise. The cupboard isn’t bare but it’s certainly no where near where it was. The AD wanted Koetter and he is a proven commodity and would have put together a hell of a staff with his connections. Hopefully this all works out but let’s see who the fall guy is if this program has a couple more 8-4 or 7-5 seasons. Myopic Bronco fans won’t tolerate it .

  12. gatorprof says: Dec 11, 2013 2:05 PM

    Koetter had two nice years before Petersen took it to the next level. Koetter was proven to be an absolute failure at ASU after he left Boise. Good call to avoid him.

  13. hahapapa says: Dec 11, 2013 8:43 PM

    Congrats Coach Harsin. Hopefully he will bring back the aggressive and attacking offense BSU was always known for. Use the tight ends again in the passing game. Screens , sweeps. Anything but that read option every play.

  14. dcboltsfan says: Dec 11, 2013 10:13 PM

    If true, I’m really happy for Coach Harsin. He’s a great coach, that was handcuffed by Mack Brown at Texas. I wish him the best at BSU.

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