Current Job: Boise State Head Coach
Bowl Record: 3-1
Current Salary: $1.65M
Current Buyout: $500,000
Why He Can Succeed At Louisville
The guy wins. 12 wins in 2014, 10 wins in 2016, 11 wins in 2017, 10 wins so far in 2018.
Bryan Harsin was a Quarterback for Boise State from 1995-99 and then immediately went into coaching as a RB/WR coach for Eastern Oregon and promptly moved back to Boise State as a GA before becoming the Tight Ends coach from 2002-05. In 2006 Harsin was promoted to Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach in 2006 and held that spot until 2010.
Texas lured Harsin away in 2011 to become OC/QB coach for the Longhorns in 2011 & 2012 before accepting his 1st head coaching position at Arkansas State succeeding Gus Malzahn. It only took one season before Harsin came back to Boise to replace Chris Petersen who had left for Washington.
– 2014 Win over #11 Arizona in Fiesta Bowl 38-30
– 2015 Win over Washington (his old boss) 16-13
– 2015 Win over Virginia 56-14
– 2015 Win over Northern Illinois 55-7 in Poinsettia Bowl
– 2016 Win over Washington State 31-28
– 2016 Win over Oregon State 38-24
– 2016 Win over BYU 28-27
– 2017 Win over BYU 24-7
– 2017 Win over #19 San Diego State 31-14
– 2017 Win over #25 Fresno State 17-14
– 2017 Win over Oregon 38-28 in Las Vegas Bowl
– 2018 Win over BYU 21-16
– 2018 Win over #16 Fresno State 24-17
– 2018 Win over #14 Utah State 33-24
Very few. Boise plays at a high level and recruits in the 40s and 50s in the Group of 5. The Boise recruiting footprint would be very different than the one he would recruit to Louisville.
Why He Might Be Attainable
Boise State is a Group of 5 school. Harsin makes $1.65M. Louisville would afford him a larger salary and the opportunity to play for the College Football Playoff.
Why He Might Not Be Attainable
He’s successful at Boise. It’s his alma mater.