Could this be the next HC at ASU?

If you want to become the Boise State of the South why not go after someone who played a critical role in their success. A new name has emerged in the Arkansas State Coaching Search. Go "Inside" to learn more about the newest candidate.

It's no secret that Arkansas State officials aspires to be the Boise State of the South.

A mid major program that dominates their league year in year out, and compete to be the BCS Bowl buster or best mid major program in the country.

There is one current coach that appears to be on the Arkansas State radar, that's former Boise State offensive coordinator and current play caller for the University of Texas' Bryan Harsin.

One advantage and the thing that might persuade Harsin is the fact that the past two Red Wolf coaches have spent one year in Jonesboro and went on to be the head coaches at SEC schools.

Harsin was named co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Texas in January 2011. Harsin joined the Longhorns after 10 seasons as a member of the Boise State staff, including the last five as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. A finalist for the 2009 Broyles Award, honoring the nation's top assistant coach, Harsin has guided offenses that have consistently ranked among the nation's best in almost every major statistical category.

In his first season at Texas, he had the task of putting a new offense in place with a young group that featured 10 different freshmen and sophomores starting for the Longhorns. Despite its youth, the offense was able to put up over 500 yards of total offense four times and rank 21st nationally in rushing offense with 202.6 yards per game. The team ran for over 400 yards in back-to-back games against Kansas (441) and Texas Tech (439), marking just the fifth and sixth 400-yard rushing performances by Texas since 1980. Harsin helped guide three different starting quarterbacks to 2,360 yards and 12 touchdowns in addition to the offense creating four other passing TDs.

He was at the helm of the offense during a five-year period where the Broncos posted a 61-5 record that included two undefeated seasons, which were capped by Fiesta Bowl wins over TCU in 2009 (14-0) and Oklahoma in 2006 (13-0). They reached at least 12 wins in four of his five seasons as coordinator and had three Top 10 finishes, including ranking No. 5/6 in 2006, No. 4/4 in 2009, and No. 10/10 entering the 2010 bowl season. In 2008, they finished just outside the Top 10 at No. 11/13.

In the time since becoming offensive coordinator at Boise State in 2006, Harsin's offenses were in the top five nationally in scoring four times, capped by ranking first in 2009 (42.2 ppg) and second in 2010 with 45.1 ppg. They also ranked second in 2006 (39.7 ppg), fourth in 2007 (42.4 ppg) and 12th in 2008 (37.6 ppg). In all, Boise State averaged 41.4 ppg during his time as coordinator.

The Broncos ranked in the Top 10 in total offense in three of Harsin's seasons as coordinator and have been no lower than 18th in all five of his years, culminating in 2010 with an average of 521.3 ypg, which set the BSU school record and ranked second nationally. In those five seasons, the Broncos offense averaged 459.9 ypg.

Harsin's offenses averaged more than 200 yards both rushing and passing twice during his tenure. In 2006, Boise State produced the sixth-ranked rushing offense in the nation with 214.2 ypg, while in 2010 it had the nation's sixth-ranked passing attack with 321.1 ypg, which is the fourth-best mark in school history. During that span, the offense averaged 272.4 yards passing and 187.5 yards rushing per game.

In addition, the Broncos ranked in the top 12 in pass efficiency all five years and was in the top 10 in four of those. They led the nation in fewest sacks allowed in 2009 with just five, were third in 2010 with only eight and were fifth in 2008 with 13.

As quarterbacks coach, Harsin guided Kellen Moore into becoming one of the nation's most productive quarterbacks. In 2010, Moore was named first-team All-America by the Football Writers Association of America and became Boise State's first Heisman Trophy finalist. He was also a finalist for the Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien Award and Manning Award and was named the nation's top quarterback by The Touchdown Club of Columbus.

WHY WOULD HARSIN BE A PERFECT FIT AT ARKANSAS STATE: Harsin spent 10 years making Boise State the Boise State of the North. Arkansas State wants to be come the Boise State of the South, this is a perfect match. Harsin known for developing great quarterbacks and playing a wide open offense, both things that appear to be on ASU admins wish list.

WHY ASU COULD LAND HARSIN: If Harsin desires to be a head coach, this is his perfect opportunity. This is a great school to springboard his head coaching career, if you don't believe me ask Hugh Freeze and Gus Malzahn.

POSITIVES ABOUT HIRING HARSIN: Harsin is known for his wide open offenses, he also isn't afraid to attack defenses with trick plays. A young coach that is known to be a great developer of quarterbacks.

WHY HARSIN MAY NOT HAPPEN AT ASU: Can ASU administrators convince and sway the talented offensive mind away from Austin Texas. It might take more money than ASU wants to spend.


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