Harrell is becoming the offensive coordinator at North Texas, the source told CF.C
Harrell spent this season in the booth and was believed to be Mike Leach’s eye in the sky, which is as close to an offensive coordinator under Leach as it gets. Harrell also worked with the quarterbacks under Leach.
Harrell came to WSU as an offensive analyst in April 2014. In December of last year he was temporary elevated to assistant coach to go on the road and recruit after Mike Breske and Paul Volero were fired. Then, when Dennis Simmons left for Oklahoma, Harrell was installed as the Cougs' new outside receivers coach in February.
Harrell and Leach have a long history with one another, dating back to Harrell's playing days under Leach at Texas Tech from 2004-08.
He finished his collegiate career with an NCAA-record 134 touchdown passes and the second-most career yards (15,793) in NCAA history. He was named All-America as a senior and went on to play three seasons in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers.
New North Texas coach Seth Littrell served four years (2005-08) as running backs coach at Texas Tech under Leach, overlapping Harrell when he was Tech's QB.
“I’m forever grateful to Mike Leach,” Littrell said in his introductory press conference at North Texas. “There’s not many guys who would believe in somebody and hire a young coach at a big-time university. He never blinked an eye. He taught me a lot. Offensively, he knew exactly what he wanted to do.
“And most importantly, there was no doubt in his mind. He believed, 100 percent, that we were the best on the field. And that’s something I’ve carried over to every place I’ve been.”
FootballScoop.com also reported yesterday that WSU quality control assistant Joel Filani is headed to North Texas to coach receivers. Filani was also at Tech under Leach, as a wide receiver from 2003-06.