Report: Auburn has reached agreement with new head coach (updated)
Update: Multiple outlets are now reporting that Bryan Harsin has agreed to become Auburn’s new head coach after the report that AU was “narrowing in” on the hire.
Auburn’s head coaching search has been a wild ride with many twists and turns. According to a new report, it may finally be coming to a close.
Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports reports, per sources, that AU is “narrowing in” on hiring Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin with a deal expected soon. The Harsin news comes hours after it was reported that Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze had been contacted by the school. Kevin Steele, Steve Sarkisian, Billy Napier, Tony Elliott, Brent Venables and Bill Clark were among the other reported candidates contacted during the search.
Harsin, 44, has been at Boise State since 2014. The Broncos have gone 69-19 in his tenure, including 5-2 this season. It would be Harsin’s second time succeeding Gus Malzahn. He took over at Arkansas State for the 2013 season after Malzahn departed to take the AU head coaching job. Arkansas State was 7-5 in 2013, Harsin’s lone season with the program.
Harsin played quarterback at Boise State 1995-99 and got into coaching after his playing days, starting at Eastern Oregon in 2000 coaching wide receivers and running backs. He was then a grad assistant at Boise State (2001) and received promotions to tight ends coach (2002-05) and offensive coordinator (2006-10). He left Boise State in 2010 to be co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Texas for the 2011 and ’12 seasons.
Harsin won a Sun Belt title in 2013 and Mountain West championships in 2014, ’17 and ’19.
Sources: Auburn is narrowing in on hiring Boise State’s Bryan Harsin as its next head coach. A deal is expected soon.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 22, 2020