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The Prodigal Son Returns. Bryan Harsin

Mike & ASU Head Coach Bryan Harsin

So, it’s true. Boise native, former player, and former offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin returns to become the head football coach at Boise State. Here’s my take (FWIW).

When Coach Petersen was lured away to the University of Washington, my initial assumption was that former BSU coach Dirk Koetter, former BSU defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, and former BSU offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin would be considered – pretty much in that order.

I assumed that Dirk would be pursued the hardest, simply because of his name recognition and his NFL cache. After Pete, we simply needed a “big name” to make a big splash as the new hire. The fact that he had many years of head coaching experience, and would be well-known, made it a no-brainer in my opinion. Even if the kids didn’t know his name, it’s likely that at least many parents in California and perhaps Texas would remember the name from his days at Arizona State.

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Next in line would be Wilcox, mainly because of his SEC and PAC12 coaching experience. It’s true, he could not list head coaching experience on his resume, but his reputation as a defensive genius and recruiting specialist made up for that in my opinion. The only other knock against him would be the perceived lack of “staying power” at any given locale. Yes, he’s jumped around a bit.

Finally, Harsin. The major reason I had him last is because he was only one year into his head coaching gig at Arkansas State. I knew he had stated in the past a desire to be the head coach at Boise State “some day”, but I figured he would want a few years of head coach experience under his belt.

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Well, I guess I was wrong. As the days crept by during the search, it became apparent from rumors that the top candidates were Koetter and Harsin. I’m not even sure if Wilcox ever actually interviewed. Sure, several other names (Tedford? You kidding me?) came up, but they were just that – names.

The Boise State offense in a huddle during the...

At one point I thought Koetter was it. Social media reported that Harsin had withdrawn his name, so that pretty much left Koetter. It turned out to either be an intentional smokescreen, or perhaps Koetter turned down an offer. I don’t know, and I’m not sure I will ever know what really occurred.

In the end, it was Harsin. I’m not going to say I’m disappointed, because I think Harsin will seriously try to perform like he always does – with intensity and focus. But, I admit was a bit disappointed that the “big splash” didn’t occur. Boise State is a big-name program now, and should have a big-name coach. Perhaps Harsin will get to that point. Who knows?

On the other hand, I do feel good about the fact that the guy who called the three most amazing plays in college football – Circus, Vinny, and Statue Left (during the BSU/Oklahoma Fiesta Bowl) – will be at the helm. It’s something to think about.

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    • WINWINWIN
    • January 21, 2014
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    What The Average Salary For A Division 2 Assistant Football Coach? I know it varies with the schools but what is the average or high/low at the D2 level for an assistant football coach? I know head coaches make 60-100K and the big dogs like GVSU and NWMS make 100K+.

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      My guess would be about $40,000 since they are smaller schools. It’d be a dream come true if I could be a defensive assistant coach. No doubt there!

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    • Bobbydennis352005
    • February 8, 2014
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    Who Do You Think Should Be The Next Head Coach Of The Razorback Football Team?

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      Don’t be surprised if Terry Bowden is announced as new head coach. I know he’s coming back into coaching this year, but I’m not sure where he’s going. He was on a local radio sports talk show and hinted around towards the Arkansas job, and this was before Houston was fired, so I’m guessing Terry Bowden going to be the new head coach with Rush Propst as assistant and/or offensive coordinator.

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    • Alex
    • February 22, 2014
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    How To Become A College Football Head Coach? I’m very interested in this and i’m wondering how,like who to contact,and what classes to take in college and just basically what to do, i’m in high school if that matters

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      • Admin
      • February 22, 2014
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      You need to join the football team in some capacity. Tell the coach you want to become a coach. You need to start a Phys. Ed. major.
      There is no guarantee you will become a High School head coach, much less college.

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    • Alex
    • February 24, 2014
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    How Can I Become A College Football Coach? I would want to be a head coach and i have a good offensive mind,i’m in high school and want to know how I can prepare myself to become a coach,like what college classes to take and where to start off.
    Thx alot

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      • Admin
      • February 24, 2014
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      Head coach is a long road…
      After talking to your coaches and getting a good idea of how they made it…

      In college, you can look towards degrees in Physical Education, Sports Management, and there are some schools that even offer degrees in “Coaching”.

      During this process playing football is important…
      and so is coaching at lower levels..

      You can also be a Graduate Assistant after your eligibility is exhausted.
      This leads to a staff position later…or a step up as in my case from Div 3 to Div 2.

      Usually you will work as a Defensive or Offensive Coordinator before assuming the role of Head Coach.

      I hope that helps.

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    • Dbladed
    • February 28, 2014
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    How Do I Become A Highschool Football Coach? I want to eventually become a college football coach, and i know i have to get my graduate asisstant degree. But, it seems that you actually have to know someone to become a coach now a days. Is there a website or someplace where they list head/assistant coaching jobs?

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      • Admin
      • February 28, 2014
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      The best thing to do is to contact the athletic director at the schools in your area. They will likely put you in contact with their head coach who will talk to you and, if he likes you, bring you on as a walk-on (unpaid) assistant. It’s very unlikely that you can get a head coaching job without some experience.

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    • Brian_Urlacher_54
    • April 4, 2014
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    New Football Coach? My school just hired a new football coach, he was the assistant defensive coordinator at one of my states major universitys, our old coach that retired this year mostly chose kids he knew and that were friends with his son (the qb) and now i figured it wont be like that now since this guy doesnt know any of us, so wahts some ways i can get ready for the season, and ways i can show wat im made of in practice, i told myself at the end of the season last year ‘I will start next year’ i played 2nd string Linebacker last year and id like to start this year so..ya

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      I AM GOING TO SCHOOL TO BE A FOOTBALL COACH….HERE ARE SOME GOOD THINGS YOU CAN DO……

      BECOME THE LEADER OF THE TEAM…BY BEING THE ONE WHO MOTIVATES EVERYONE IN THE LOCKER ROOM BY PUMPING THEM UP……ALSO KEEP THIS QUOTE IN YOUR HEAD AT ALL TIMES….”NO MAN LEFT BEHIND” THAT MEANS IN OFFSEASON OR INSEASON YOU SEE A PLAYER SLACKING OFF THEN GET ON HIM!!! MAKE SURE HE IS GOING %110

      ALSO
      COACHES LOVE….PLAYERS THAT ARE THE FIRST ON THE FIELD AND LAST OFF!!!….ESPECIALLY IN THE WEIGHT ROOM!!!

      AND MOST OBVIOUS ONE IS MAKE GOOD PLAYS IN PRACTICE!!

      I GUARANTEE YOU THAT YOU WILL MAKE 1ST STRING LB AND CAPTAIN IF YOU DO ALL OF THE ABOVE!!!!!

      HOPE THIS HELPS!!!

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    • ♫♪manami onega♪♫
    • April 21, 2014
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    Female Football Coach…? I want to be the football coach for my high school wen i graduate college..

    how do i become a football coach?

    i know the game and the rulesand the workouts for each position and i memorized the playbook..
    wut do i need to become the varsity football coach?

    although im female and still a sophomore…wut are the requirements to be a footballl coach?
    ive played football on an all boys team and im the only girl in a family of brothers and all male cousins…im not a pervert or anything i just wanna coach football…its wut i wanna do…

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      Congratulations to you for finding a passion at such a young age. I’ve never heard of a female football coach, but I’m sure it could happen with a lot of hard work and diligence. There was also time, not too long ago, when a black man could only dream of holding such a position and now there are many.

      Of course, you will hear many naysayers- many of which have already shown their ugly sexist faces here as answerers. You must ignore them. Do not let them dissuade you from pursuing your dream. You can do whatever you choose and you should not let anyone tell you different.

      You will need to work your way up and start from the bottom as a position coach just like everyone else does, or you could start at Pee-Wees to “cut your teeth” so to speak. But with hard work and a little good luck, you will accomplish your goal and who knows, maybe you’ll be the first female head football coach in the NFL.

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    • Yvocamp
    • May 7, 2014
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    Who Was The Head Football Coach At Southern University In 1977?

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      Southern actually had 2 coaches that year, when you are as bad as they were sometimes you go through a coach, or, 2. Charlie Bates started the season as coach, after going 3-3-1 ken Tillage took over only to go 0-4. Tillage was replaced the next season by Cass Jackson who would coach the next 3 years. Anyway, the only thing you need to know about coaching at Sounthern U is that Coach Mumford, and Coach Richardson are the big winners. Tillage and Bates are losers, atleast in 1977 they were.

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    • James H
    • May 17, 2014
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    Head Coach Mike Tomlin?

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      Mike Tomlin (born March 15, 1972) is an American football head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. Tomlin is the third youngest head coach in any of the four major North American professional sports. He is the tenth African-American head coach in NFL history, and first in Steelers history. Tomlin is the third African-American head coach and, with the Steelers’ victory in the AFC Championship Game on January 18, 2009, became the youngest head coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl.

      Date of birth March 15, 1972 (1972-03-15) (age 36)
      Place of birth Newport News, Virginia, USA
      Position(s) Head coach
      College William & Mary
      Awards 2008 Motorola NFL Coach of the Year

      Career record 22-10-0 (Regular Season)
      2-1 (Postseason)
      24-11-0 (Overall)

      Team(s) as a coach/administrator

      Virginia Military Institute
      (wide receivers coach)
      University of Memphis
      (graduate assistant)
      Arkansas State University
      (wide receivers coach)
      Arkansas State University
      (defensive backs coach)
      University of Cincinnati
      (defensive backs coach)
      Tampa Bay Buccaneers
      (defensive backs coach)
      Minnesota Vikings
      (defensive coordinator)
      Pittsburgh Steelers
      (head coach)

      Playing career
      Tomlin attended Denbigh High School in Newport News, Virginia, and was a three-year starter at wide receiver/tight end for the College of William and Mary. He finished his career with a school-record 20 touchdown catches. He was a second-team All-Yankee Conference selection in 1994. Tomlin never played in the NFL.

      Personal
      Tomlin is the younger of two sons; his brother, Eddie, is three and a half years older. Their father, Ed Tomlin, played football at Hampton Institute in the 1960s and was drafted by the Baltimore Colts. He later played in the Canadian Football League. Tomlin’s mother, Julia, married Leslie Copeland, a supervisor for the U.S. Postal Service, in 1980.

      Tomlin met his wife, Kiya Winston, while they were students at The College of William & Mary, where Tomlin majored in sociology. He graduated in 1995. They have three children: sons Michael Dean, born in 2001, and Mason, born in 2002; and a daughter, Harlyn Quinn, born in 2006. Tomlin is a Spring 1991 initiate and charter member of the Xi Theta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., The College of William & Mary.

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