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ASU to introduce Harsin as Red Wolves coach

By Matthew Harris

This article was originally published December 11, 2012 at 11:49 p.m. Updated December 12, 2012 at 11:26 a.m.


Bryan Harsin, 35, will be the next coach at Arkansas State. Harsin spent last season as the co-offensive coordinator at Texas.

— Arkansas State will name Texas co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin as the Red Wolves head coach at a 2 p.m. press conference Wednesday in Jonesboro — the move coming a week after former coach Gus Malzahn left for Auburn.

Harsin, 35, and multiple sources confirmed the hire to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette late Tuesday night. The move comes after ASU interviewed Harsin, Florida State running-backs coach Eddie Gran and Sam Houston State Coach Willie Fritz.

Harsin emerged as the front-runner over the course of Tuesday, a day after ASU passed on brokering a deal with rumored early target and former Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino, who on Monday accepted the job at Western Kentucky.

Contract terms were not available late Tuesday night, but Harsin earned $675,000 annually at Texas. In recent days, sources have told the Democrat-Gazette any deal could be comparable to Malzahn's five-year contract, which paid $850,000 annually. During his two seasons at Texas, Harsin oversaw the development of quarterbacks and served as the chief play caller. Texas ranked No. 37 nationally in total offense at 441 yards per game and 24th in scoring at 36.1 points per game.

It's unclear whether he will coach the No. 23 Longhorns, who went 8-4 this season, in the Alamo Bowl against No. 13 Oregon State on Dec. 29 in San Antonio, Texas.

Follow ArkansasOnline for updates from the 2 p.m. press conference in Jonesboro.


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7 says... December 12, 2012 at 2:04 a.m.

The very best to Bryan Harsin the Texas co-offensive coordinator as the new head coach at
Arkansas State.

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Ran2133 says... December 12, 2012 at 6:59 a.m.

It appears this may be a very good hire for ASU. If he can get a good offensive co-ordinator to replace Lashlee the Red Wolves have a very good group returning on the offense. He should keep John Thompson as defensive co-ordinator if John is interested in staying, in my opinion.

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CCNelson says... December 12, 2012 at 8:49 a.m.

Good Luck to ASU but didn't think Texas was that good this year

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outinthesticks says... December 12, 2012 at 9:36 a.m.

Texas wasn't great this year, but most of his background was at Boise State previous to the couple of years at Texas. I think he will be a good hire, but only time can tell that. Just please don't go the the GM route and commit to things you have no intent on honoring. GM needs to learn coachspeak. Go Wolves!

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Jackabbott says... December 12, 2012 at 12:46 p.m.

Looks like a good hire. Hope ASU can keep it rolling. Now is the time to schedule more games in Little Rock. Maybe he can use his Texas connections to get the Longhorns to play ASU at War Memorial. The Texas fans will fill the place up and boos the economy.

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