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Harsin announces Huff and Avalos will stay on staff at Boise State

New Boise State head football coach Bryan Harsin will keep at least two assistants from the current Bronco coaching staff, the athletic department announced on Tuesday.

"I’m very excited to be able to retain two Broncos in Scott Huff and Andy Avalos," Harsin said. "Both are quality coaches and people, and excellent recruiters. I think it’s important we continue the tradition of the program, and each has played a key role in the past for Boise State - both as a coach and a player."

Huff played at Boise State from 1999-2002. He has spent the last eight seasons as an assistant with the Broncos. Now he will move from special teams and tight ends coach back to the offensive line, a position he coached from 2007-09.

During his previous tenure as the offensive line coach, Boise State allowed less than one sack a game. Their best performance came in 2009 when the Broncos surrendered just five sacks and led the nation allowing just 0.36 sacks per game.

"I first want to thank Coach Harsin for this opportunity to stay in Boise and continue to build on what we have worked so hard on the past several years," Huff said. "I’m excited about coaching alongside Bryan, and looking forward to returning to coach the offensive line."

Avalos’ position group will be announced at a later date, as Harsin continues to assemble his staff.

"I’m very thankful for the opportunity to stay with this program and continue its growth with Coach Harsin and the staff he is bringing in," Avalos said. "We have an outstanding group of student-athletes returning, and the future is very bright. Bryan is a great Bronco and coach, and the leadership of this program is in great hands."

Avalos has coached the defensive lineman for the last two years at Boise State. The Broncos ranked 11th in the NCAA in sacks per game (2.92) in 2012.

This past fall, Avalos helped coach up junior defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, who ranked 7th in the country in sacks per game (0.96) and third in tackles-for-loss per game (1.77).

Avalos played outside linebacker at Boise State from 2001-04. He racked up 365 career tackles and helped lead the Broncos to three conference titles and two bowl victories.

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According to the Material Term Sheet Harsin signed with Boise State last week, he will have $2.2 million to spend on nine assistant coaches.

Huff was the fifth highest paid assistant in 2013, making $262,621 according to USA Today.

Avalos was the lowest paid assistant this past fall. He made $149,634.

No updated contract details were provided by the University at the moment of the release.

— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)