Harsin, Koetter to interview for Boise State football job Monday, source says

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

Arkansas State football coach Bryan Harsin and Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter are scheduled to interview for the Boise State head job Monday, a source told the Idaho Statesman.

Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com first reported that Harsin is at Boise State for an interview.

Harsin is 7-5 in his first season at Arkansas State, which will play in the GoDaddy Bowl. He played quarterback at Capital High and Boise State (1995-99) and served on the Broncos’ coaching staff from 2002 to 2010. He was Chris Petersen’s offensive coordinator from 2006 to 2010.

The catch with Harsin: He has a $1.75 million buyout designed to prevent him from becoming the third straight one-and-done coach at Arkansas State. Boise State could absorb that with the money collected from Petersen’s buyout ($750,000) and a lower coach salary.

Koetter was 26-10 as the Broncos’ head coach from 1998 to 2000 and has hinted in the past that he would be interested in returning. He left to become the coach at Arizona State, where he went 40-34 with four bowl appearances in six seasons. He is in his second season as the Falcons’ coordinator.

Falcons coach Mike Smith confirmed that Koetter has spoken to Boise State, according to media members in Atlanta.

Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox also is a candidate for the job but it’s unclear if he has interviewed yet, the source said. Wilcox was the Broncos’ defensive coordinator from 2006 to 2009.

Linebackers coach Bob Gregory and offensive line coach Chris Strausser have applied for the job from the current staff.

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Petersen’s introductory press conference at Washington is at 1 p.m. MT Monday. You can watch it on gohuskies.com.

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Former Borah High standout and former Boise State commit Hawkins Mann has decommitted from San Diego State now. Story here.


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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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