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State board approves ‘material terms’ for employing new BSU coach Harsin

Idaho’s State Board of Education has approved the “material terms” of employment for Bryan Harsin, the new head football coach at Boise State University; further details will be brought before the board in February for final approval. The terms approved by the board today include a fixed contract term of five years, with compensation of $1 million in each of the first two years, $1.3 million in year 3, $1.55 million in year 4, and $1.65 million in year 5, with additional pay for performance to be determined.

There’s also a buy-out provision: If Harsin leaves early without cause, he’d owe the university $2 million in year 1; $2 million in year 2; $1.75 million in year 3; or $500,000 in year 4. The terms also include covering the cost of Harsin’s buy-out from Arkansas State University of $1.75 million. “No state funds are used and these amounts are paid only from program revenues, media, donations and other non-state funds,” according to state board documents from today’s meeting. You can see the full document here; scroll down to Tab 4.

It’s now official: BSU has hired Harsin

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise State has hired Bryan Harsin as the Broncos head football coach. Boise State athletic director Mark Coyle made the announcement official Wednesday, calling Harsin one of the top young coaches in the country. The 37-year-old moves from Arkansas State to take over for Chris Petersen, who left last week for Washington. The former Broncos assistant says he's thrilled to be returning to Boise, where he grew up and played as a walk-on for the Broncos. Harsin worked at Boise State from 2001-2010, serving as offensive coordinator under Petersen for five years. He left in 2010 to become offensive coordinator at Texas before moving to Arkansas State last season. In his only season as head coach, the Red Hawks finished 7-5 and will play in the Bowl this month.

There's more here on Harsin and the announcement. Coyle said, “Bryan played a key role in the development of the football program as an assistant for 10 years at Boise State and we look forward to his leadership as we continue the ascension of Bronco football.”

Harsin said, “We're coming home. … One of the hardest decisions we ever made was leaving Boise. We did that so I could become a better coach, so I could one day have the opportunity to return as head coach - that day has arrived.” Click below for a full report from AP reporter Todd Dvorak.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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