Arkansas State Coach Bryan Harsin Takes Boise State Job

Posted on: 9:55 am, December 11, 2013, by , updated on: 10:00am, December 11, 2013

Courtesy: CBSsports.com

Courtesy: CBSsports.com

The Arkansas State football team will be looking for its fifth head coach in as many years.

Bryan Harsin has been hired as the next head coach at Boise State, a source told CBSSports.com.

Harsin leaves Arkansas State to return to his alma mater and succeeds Chris Petersen who left Boise for Washington last week. Harsin played quarterback for the Broncos from 1995 to 1999, and was an assistant on the BSU staff from 2001 to 2010.

Harsin went 7-5 in his one season at Arkansas State and led the Red Wolves to a berth in the GoDaddy Bowl. He signed a five-year contract with the Red Wolves for $700,000 annually, and will have to pay a buyout of at least $1 million for leaving after his first year.

The Red Wolves have had four coaches in the past four years. Steve Roberts resigned on Nov. 29, 2010. Hugh Freeze (Ole Miss), Gus Malzahn (Auburn) and now Harsin all spent just one year at Arkansas State. After Malzahn’s departure last year, defensive coordinator John Thompson led the Red Wolves to a win in the 2012 GoDaddy Bowl.

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