Arkansas State head coach Bryan Harsin interviewed with Boise State for the vacancy created by Chris Petersen’s departure to the University of Washington, sources confirmed on Monday.
Harsin has been strong ties to Boise. He was a quarterback at Capital High School before moving on to play collegiately at Boise State. His coaching career started at Eastern Oregon in La Grande as a wide receivers and runningbacks coach in 2000. Harsin returned to Boise State to be a graduate assistant in 2001. The following year he coached tight ends and in 2006 he was named the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
He left to become the co-offensive coordinator at the University of Texas in 2011. According to a source, Harsin temporarily moved on from Boise for Texas because he felt it was necessary if he was ever going to become a head coach.
The same source described the Boise State opening as “Harsin’s dream job.”
His first opportunity to lead a program came along last year. Arkansas State hired him as their head coach on December 12, 2012. Harsin signed a five-year deal with the Red Wolves that included a $1.75 million buyout in the first year of the agreement. That figure drops to $1.0 million on February 1, 2014.
A source close to the situation confirmed that Harsin’s entire $1.75 million buyout would have to be paid to Arkansas State within a 10-day windown.
— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)