According to college football rumors floating around the web this morning, Texas Longhorns offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin is set to interview for the head coach opening with Arkansas State.
Arkansas State just lost former head coach Gus Malzahn to the Auburn Tigers with the firing of Gene Chizik, and will be looking for a big name hire to keep positive momentum moving forward.
The most notable tweet regarding this rumor this morning is the following:
On the surface– for someone that follows Texas football closely– this one is confounding. Harsin has only been on the Forty Acres for two seasons now, and arguably has yet to field a unit full of his own recruits to see just how successful his offense can be at Texas.
Harsin was willing to hone his craft as an offensive coordinator at Boise State under Chris Petersen for an extended period of time before he was ready/willing to leave Idaho for Austin, so why would his timetable be accelerated to become a head coach now, especially given the uncertainty surrounding Mack Brown’s future?
Arkansas State is a mid-major job, which, for the right candidate, could continue to be a nice stepping-stone to bigger and better things. Is Bryan Harsin at the point in his career where a move from Austin to Jonesboro, from the Big 12 to the Sun Belt, is the best decision available?
Obviously, that’s for him to know and the rest of us to speculate upon, but to use a well-worn cliche, it just doesn’t pass the eye test.
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