Boise State’s Bryan Harsin has emerged as the primary target of Auburn’s search it appears.
Pete Thamel tweets that Auburn is narrowing in on hiring Harsin, and a deal is “expected soon.” Other outlets are now reporting the same.
Sources tell FootballScoop the deal is done.
The search had taken number of twists and turns over the last several days with UAB’s Bill Clark, Louisiana’s Billy Napier, Liberty’s Hugh Freeze, Clemson’s Tony Elliott and Brent Venables, among others in the mix.
Harsin spent one season as the head coach at Arkansas State, going 7-5 back in 2013, before Chris Petersen left for Washington, freeing up a return to Boise State as head coach. He previously served as the program’s offensive coordinator from 2006-10.
In seven seasons at Boise State, Harsin is 69-19, with a 49-8 record in Mountain West play.
The move to Auburn would mean Harsin is following Gus Malzahn a second time, after first doing so at Arkansas State.
Word the last several days was that this was the search was headed to Tennessee coaching search territory, meaning hiring someone with a successful track record like Harsin brings is all the more important.
Stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.
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
Update >> Auburn has announced the hire.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 23, 2020