Boise State hires Harsin as football coach

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 11, 2013 at 12:22 pm •  Published: December 11, 2013
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise State has hired former player and offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin to be the Broncos next head coach.

Athletic Director Mark Coyle confirmed Wednesday he had lured Harsin back to Boise and away from Arkansas State, where Harsin served as head coach for just one season.

The 37-year-old Harsin grew up in Boise and became a backup quarterback after walking on to the program in the late 1990s. He then worked as an assistant coach starting in 2001 and was elevated to offensive coordinator in 2006 by Chris Petersen, the man he will now replace.

"We're coming home," Harsin said in a statement issued by the university. "One of the hardest decisions we ever made was leaving Boise. We did that so I could become a better coach, so I could one day have the opportunity to return as head coach — that day has arrived."

It didn't take long for Coyle to find a successor to Petersen, who left last week to take over at Washington.

Coyle focused his search on coaches with ties to the program, including former Broncos head coach Dirk Koetter, now the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons. University officials have not yet released salary and contract information for Harsin.

"We are extremely excited in our selection of Bryan Harsin as the next head football coach at Boise State," Coyle said. "Bryan is one of the top young head coaches in college football and we are thrilled to bring him back to Boise to lead the Bronco program."

In his only season at Arkansas State, Harsin led the Red Wolves to a 7-5 record and a share of the Sun Belt Conference title. The team will also play Ball State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl later this month.

His five-year contract at Arkansas State carries a $1.75 million buyout clause if he stepped away in the first year of the deal. His departure also makes him the third straight Red Hawks head coach to leave after one year, following Hugh Freeze and Gus Malzahn.



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