User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Boise State hires Harsin as football coach

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Boise State has hired former player and offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin to be the Broncos next head coach.

Advertisement
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.

It was during Harsin's tenure as offensive coordinator at Boise State that the team put together its most impressive string of victories and emerged as a BCS contender.

During his tenure, Harsin oversaw an offense led by quarterback Kellen Moore, who won 50 games as a starter to become college football's winningest quarterback. Between 2006-2010, the Broncos put together a 61-5 record, won two BCS bowls, won at least 12 games in four seasons, went undefeated in 2006 and 2009 and led the nation in scoring in 2009.

He should also be familiar with a handful of the Broncos upperclassmen, including junior quarterback Grant Hedrick, who was recruited by Harsin before leaving for Texas and the front-runner to be the starting quarterback next fall.

Harsin left Boise State in 2010 to become the offensive coordinator at Texas, helping a team that finished 88th in the nation in scoring before his arrival to improve to 24th in just two years.

But in Boise, Harsin takes over a team that posted its worst record in nearly a decade despite projections it would win the Mountain West Conference title. Hurt by injuries to its starting quarterback and a young defense, the Broncos finished 8-4 and missed out on the conference title game.

''I appreciate the history and tradition of the Boise State program,'' said Harsin, a graduate of Capitol High in Boise. ''I embrace the success but won't rest on it. We will build this program every day with a sense of urgency.''

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Nelson: 4th Quarter Covers - Week 3
Rose: Top 25 Betting Recap - Week 3
Dobish: College Betting Recap - Week 3
Oklahoma RB Ford out against WVU
UM backup QB Olsen faces DUI charges
SEC West dominant thru early weeks
Rutgers apologizes for offensive signs
Iowa State RT Gannon rejoins team
UNC hopes to improve tackling vs. ECU
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAAFB College Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NCAAFB Hot Streaks
6-1 Sat., 13-2 Run, +961 TY
+923 Picks This Year
3-1 Saturday, 9-3 L3 Saturdays
7-1 Guarantees, 14-7 Picks TY
4-1 Record Saturday
5-1 Last 6 College FB Picks
7-1 Over/Unders This Year
3-1 Last 4 CFB Totals
5-2 Week 3, 6-1 Guarantees TY
7-3 Record Last 10 Picks
5-0 Fridays This Year
7-3 L2 Saturdays, 10-3 L13 Picks
3-1 Saturday, 4-0 Guarantees TY
4-1 Fridays This Year
6-3 Week 3 Record
6-0 L6 G-Plays, 5-2 Totals TY
NCAA FB College Football Expert Sports Picks-
2014 CFB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Chip Chirimbes + 961
Michael Black + 923
Stephen Nover + 600
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Chip Chirimbes + 595
Greg Smith + 390
Kevin Rogers + 380
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Chip Chirimbes 75 %
Stephen Nover 67 %
The SportsBoss 67 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 590
Pat Hawkins + 490
Bruce Marshall + 485
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 590
Stephen Nover + 480
Paul Bovi + 290
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 366
Marc Lawrence + 290
The SportsBoss + 280
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy NFL Perfect Lineup Contest