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Boise State hires A.D., working to finish football search

Boise State's two most visible athletics department positions had both been open as the 2020 year ended.

The Broncos needed a head football coach and an athletics director.

The latter one has concluded -- and months ahead of schedule after Boise officials had declared a March 2021 timeline prior to losing football coach Bryan Harsin to the head coaching vacancy at Auburn University late last month.

Boise on Saturday announced it had hired Jeramiah Dickey as its new athletics director after Dickey had spent almost the last four years as Baylor University's associate vice president for athletics.

"We stayed true to the profile we had built in concert with the department and our supporters: Jeramiah Dickey not only matched that profile perfectly, he rose to the top of the candidate pool," Boise President Dr. Marlene Tromp said in the school's release. "His blue-collar work ethic, humility, rich past experience, and extraordinary performance make him an excellent fit for advancing Boise State."

Former Broncos' quarterback Kellen Moore had been widely viewed as the program's top target to replace Harsin, but reports surfaced Saturday that Moore may remain in the NFL as the Dallas Cowboys' offensive coordinator.

Andy Avalos, Oregon's defensive coordinator and a former Bronco linebacker, has been a prominent candidate throughout the process and was consistently viewed as a top candidate for Boise, in addition to Moore.

Additionally, sources told FootballScoop Saturday night that Montana State coach Jeff Choate had been vetted by the Broncos and was expected to be interviewed by Broncos officials.

Sources had said Boise State wanted to finalized its athletics director hire prior to finishing its football coaching search to give the athletics department its best chance for full alignment moving into the future.