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Fans react to Harsin leaving Arkansas State

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - It's official. Arkansas State's head football coach, Bryan Harsin, is leaving the team for Boise State.

Red Wolves faithful fans were disappointed. The general consensus from one of ASU football's biggest fan bases, the students, was surprise.

Many students said they thought Harsin would stick around more than one year.

"It's hurtful," freshman Destinee Bradley said. 

Bradley said she was born an ASU fan. She has been there for every coaching change in the past four years.

"We always come back ten times stronger when we lose a coach so I feel this time won't be any different," Bradley said. 

Bradley credits the players for always bouncing back, especially the seniors who have had a different head coach every season.  

"It's gonna hurt losing another coach again, but at the same time, they're gonna use it as their motivation to strive even harder," Bradley said. 

"At this point, we're kind of used to it, you know? I think it'd be a shocker if he stuck around for more than a year," sophomore Thad Lybrand said. 

As a sophomore, Lybrand has already been through this before with Malzahn. But as long as the next coach can bring in wins like the others, he said he would be content.

"I'm all about winning. If they can find a coach year in and year out that'll win, I'm sticking with it. I know a couple of football players personally and, as long as they're winning, they're happy. So as long as they're happy, I'm happy," Lybrand said. 

Both students agreed Harsin's replacement needs to win, but also stick around longer than he did.  

"I'm hoping they can find somebody that'll last more than a year. I just read the article and he only lasted 364 days. He didn't even last a whole year, which is kind of depressing," Lybrand said. 

"Both are important because our players have worked really hard and I truly believe that they owe it to them to stay," Bradley said. 

Lybrand and Bradley said it will be interesting to see what strings the program will have to pull to make sure this next head coach stays for more than a year. 

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