Rumors fly over Coach Harsin possibly moving to Oregon
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) —
Rumors are flying in the college football world after the Oregon Ducks fired Head Coach Mark Helfrich on Tuesday, after finishing the 2016 with a disappointing 4-8 record.
Speculation for Helfrich’s replacement has already begun, with many experts naming Boise State’s Head Coach, Bryan Harsin, as the most logical candidate for the job.
But the Boise State Broncos season isn’t even over yet, and buzz about the potential move has already hit Boise.
670 KBOI radio host Paul J. Schneider was the voice of Bronco football for 35 years. He says he isn’t confident that Coach Harsin will leave BSU, or even be offered the Oregon gig for that matter, but says fans would be devastated to see him go.
“I think the average Boise State fan - the knowledgeable Boise State fan - would hate to see Bryan Harsin go,” Schneider said.
He says if anything, having rumors swirl just proves Boise State has had a great season.
“If nobody ever wants to hire your coach, you’re in big trouble.”
Experts say Harsin is the most logical candidate for the Ducks. He has a winning record and a Fiesta Bowl Championship already under his belt with the Broncos.
But Schneider isn’t convinced the Ducks will even give him the offer.
“Personally I don’t think that they will hire Harsin, I think they will hire somebody from a power 5 conference,” Schneider said.
Coach Harsin came under a lot of criticism due to his play calling in the last few minutes of the BSU vs. Air Force game.
“But those same people who were criticizing Harsin would be very sad to see him go, it’s not every year you get a coach who can take you to the Fiesta Bowl in his first year.”
People like Boise State Bronco super-fan Tom Bicandi, who is optimistic that Harsin will stay even if he is presented the opportunity to leave.
“He’s a guy that grew up here, went to high school here, went to college here, I think it would be hurtful for the community if he did leave,” Bicandi said.
But fans say even if Harsin did leave, they would rally around him and support his choice.
“Harsin don’t go anywhere. We love you baby. Stay here, we need you,” Bicandi said.