Harsin to Boise St., Thompson to coach ASU in bowl game

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Boise State University has a new head football coach and Arkansas State University is starting their search for another coach, again.

Bryan Harsin will be the new coach at Boise State. He is a Boise native, a former Broncos quarterback (1995-1999), and former assistant coach (2001-2010). He traveled to Idaho Wednesday morning.

Harsin joins three head football coaches who have had "one and done" seasons at ASU. He was hired as the Red Wolves head coach exactly 364 days ago. The difference this time around is a bigger buyout. Boise State will have to pay ASU $1.75 million dollars.

In a news release by Boise State's BronocoSports.com, Harsin said he and his wife were "...thrilled about returning to Boise State...". Harsin continued, "One of the hardest decisions we ever made was leaving Boise. We did that so I could become a better coach, so I could one day have the opportunity to return as head coach - that day has arrived."

Meanwhile in Jonesboro, Arkansas State Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir announced in a news release that ASU Defensive Coordinator John Thompson will be the interim head coach for the Red Wolves.

Mohajir in a statement from AStateRedWolves.com said, "We appreciate everything Coach Harsin did for Arkansas State during his time as head football coach".

Concerning the future Mohajir said, "We will now turn our attention to conducting a national search for a head coach to lead our three-time defending Sun Belt Conference champion football program."

The ASU athletic director was in Mobile on Wednesday, along with Adam Kennedy and Ryan Carrethers. The Red Wolves were present for a GoDaddy Bowl press conference.

After the function, Mohajir flew back to Jonesboro. He had a 1-on-1 interview with Blake Guinn about Harsin's departure.

Mohajir will meet with the media again Thursday morning at 11:00am, along with interim head coach John Thompson.

The Region 8 Sports Team is continuing to track this story and will have more details as they become available.

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