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Arkansas State hires UNC OC Blake Anderson as head coach

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Arkansas State has its fifth coach in five years.

Following in the footsteps of Hugh Freeze (Ole Miss), Gus Malzahn (Auburn) and Bryan Harsin (Boise State) will be Blake Anderson, who spent the last two years as North Carolina’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Anderson came to UNC with coach Larry Fedora from Southern Miss after leaving his post as Louisiana-Lafayette’s offensive coordinator in 2007. While he hasn’t coached in Arkansas, having those connections to nearby Louisiana and Mississippi certainly should help him hit the ground running at Arkansas State.

That is, of course, if he stays longer than a year. Freeze and Malzahn led Arkansas State to 10-win seasons before departing for the SEC, while Harsin went 7-5 and will replace Chris Petersen at Boise State. In that regard, it’s a good opportunity for Anderson, though Arkansas State certainly wouldn’t mind if he stuck around for more than a single season.


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