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 will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.
With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future. The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.
Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.
At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas. The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.
Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels. He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.
Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.
The website Gridiron.com, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August. The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.
From the site’s report:
The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.
The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”
Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”
At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations. Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.