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Harsin heads home

Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 16:12

For the third consecutive season, the Arkansas State Red Wolves will compete in the Bowl with an interim coach.


After much speculation, Bryan Harsin has resigned as Arkansas State head football coach. Harsin has accepted the Boise State head coaching position, previously held by Chris Petersen. The move comes after former Head Coach Petersen was hired to replace Steve Sarkisian at the University of Washington this past Friday.


Harsin, 37, was an assistant at Boise State from 2002-2010 before going to Texas as offensive coordinator for the next two seasons. Harsin was hired as the 29th head coach of Arkansas State University on December 12, 2012, making his tenure fall just one day short of a calendar year.


"We are extremely excited in our selection of Bryan Harsin as the next head football coach at Boise State," Boise State athletic director Mark Coyle said in a statement. "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. Bryan played a key role in the development of the football program as an assistant for 10 years at Boise State and we look forward to his leadership as we continue the ascension of Bronco football."


In his one season as head coach, Harsin led the Red Wolves to a 7-5 overall record with a 5-2 conference record. The conference record was good enough to give the Red Wolves a share of the Sun Belt Conference Championship with Louisiana-Lafayette. Arkansas State has won 27 games over the past three seasons.


“We appreciate everything Coach Harsin did for Arkansas State during his time as head football coach,” Athletic Director Terry Mohajir said.  “We wish him and his family only the best in their future.  We will now turn our attention to conducting a national search for a head coach to lead our three-time defending Sun Belt Conference champion football program.”


Although it’s not an easy adjustment for the players, sophomore defensive back Rocky Hayes and sophomore running back Michael Gordon have nothing but positive things to say about Harsin.

“I’m happy for coach,” Hayes said. “He made the best decision for his career and for his family. I’m grateful for what he helped us accomplish.”

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