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Arkansas State Red Wolves

Arkansas State, the back-to-back Sun Belt Conference champions, reported for fall camp Aug. 1 and is now set to open its 2013 campaign against in-state rival UAPB this Saturday at Liberty Bank Stadium in an ESPN3-televised game.

Bryan Harsin has taken over the reins to the A-State football program after being named the Red Wolves' 29th head coach on Dec. 12, 2012.

He is a 13-year coaching veteran at the NCAA FBS level who has coached in 10 bowl games as either an assistant or offensive coordinator.

Harsin was ranked as the sixth best hire in the nation among 26 new coaches at the time, according to

Arkansas State placed a league-high seven players on the 2013 Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Team.

The Red Wolves were picked third in the preseason coaches poll announced as part of the league's annual Media Day.

Arkansas State will kick off its 99th season of football on holding a 426-457-37 record since the inaugural 1911 season and has played in nine bowl games.

A-State did not field a football team from 1942-44 due to World War II. ASU also didn't have a team in 1918 as World War I was ending.

Arkansas State ended the 2012 season receiving votes in the fianl major polls, including 28 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and 13 in the USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll. Both totals placed the Red Wolves 32nd in the nation. A-State also received one point in the initial 2013 USA Today Coaches Poll.

Arkansas State claimed its second consecutive outright Sun Belt Conference championship in 2012. ASU has won nine conference championships all-time.

Arkansas State secured back-to-back winning seasons in 2011 and 2012 for the first time since 1986-87. ASU won 10 games in both 2011 and 2012, and its 19 combined regular-season victories were its most ever over a two-year span -- topping its 18 in 1974 and 1975.

With a 5-1 home mark last season, Arkansas State secured its eighth consecutive winning record at Liberty Bank Stadium dating back to 2005. ASU is now 36-8 at Liberty Bank Stadium since the 2005 season and has won 11 of its last 12 home games. The Red Wolves actual on-field record all-time at Liberty Bank Stadium is 128-71-1 since it opened in 1974.