The head coaching search at Boise State is starting to clear up.
Last night multiple outlets reported that Baylor associate AD Jeremiah Dickey is the selection for the open AD role at Boise. With the decision made, now the Broncos' focus is on landing their new head coach.
BJ Rains tweets (below) that Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, who was considered the leading candidate for the job, is unlikely to become the new head coach of the Broncos. Rains adds that "things can always change," but Boise is "expected to move in another direction."
If Moore is truly out, sources tell FootballScoop that Oregon defensive coordinator Andy Avalos is the leading candidate for the job.
Avalos has spent the past two seasons at Oregon, where he was tabbed with the expectation of bringing the Ducks defense back to one the premier units in college football. He played his college ball for Boise State from 2001-05 and coached the defensive line (2012-13) and linebackers (2014-15) before taking over the defensive play calling duties from 2016-18.
When he left for Eugene, Avalos signed a three-year deal worth $2.445 million, making $815k in 2020 and set to make $865k in 2021.
Oregon takes on Iowa State today at 4pm EST in the Fiesta Bowl.
One of the other alums who has shown a keen interest in the job is Montana State head coach Jeff Choate, who put together an impressive 11-4 run last year in their run to the FCS semis in his fourth season leading the program. Choate is 28-22 overall and has built the program from 4-7 in his first season to a top 4 ranking in 2019.
The whisper within the profession has been that Boise planned to make their hire Monday or Tuesday. All indications are they remain on that path.
Stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.
Update> Jeremiah Dickey's hire has now been made official.