Sources Confirm A-State Hires Harsin New Head Coach Of The Red Wolves

Well-placed sources with ties to Arkansas State University told Sporting Life Arkansas earlier tonight that Bryan Harsin, University Texas offensive coordinator, would be named the new head coach of the Red Wolves. As new information has come to Sporting Life Arkansas throughout the evening, it appeared that wasn’t the case.

We have now been told that Arkansas State will announce the hire officially tomorrow.

His salary in in Austin for 2012 was $675,000. Malzahn made a reported $850,000 at Arkansas State.

Harsin has been at Texas for the past two years and was offensive coordinator at Boise State University before that. Harsin was quarterback at Boise State.

Technically, Harsin is co-coordinator at Texas, but he works with the quarterbacks, calls plays and faces the media.

His first year in Austin, the Longhorns had the No. 54 total offense, but improved to No. 37 in 2012.

And from the world of Twitter at about 6:20 Dec. 12:


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  • Pete Roussel from has posted NO OFFER has been made at this time, though coach Harsin is high on officials list.

  • We did. Teamwork and great sources.

  • Hopefully for them this won’t be another one and done coach.

  • Jimmy Crackcorn

    Hiring a coach with his reputation and record is more evidence, if more were needed, that A-State is at the edge of the big time. Razorback fanatics can continue to be contemptuous of State, as if it were still in the AIC with Hendrix (which tied the Hogs twice) and Ouachita (which beat the Hogs twice), but that was a long time ago. Arkansas is destined to be a state with two big-time programs and we can shout rage into the wind but it won’t do any good.

  • Red Grange

    True. There may be a day when Arkansas (SEC) vs. State (Big 12) will be our rivalry game.