Friday, January 7, 2011
UT makes second coordinator hire official
By David Ubben
Texas has hired Bryan Harsin as its offensive coordinator, the program announced on Friday evening.
Harsin comes to Texas after 10 seasons at Boise State, and served as the team's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the past five seasons.
"When I heard from Coach Brown, I was flattered and excited," Harsin said in a release. "What a great opportunity to come to a place like Texas with its rich history and tradition. We've had success at Boise State over the years, but you look at a Texas and it has been a championship program for a long, long time and it's just one of those places you want to be a part of."
Harsin will serve as co-offensive coordinator with current running backs coach Major Applewhite, but Harsin will call the plays.
"Everyone knows of the appreciation I've had for [Broncos head coach] Chris [Petersen], Bryan and the Boise State offense for quite some time," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "They have had an unbelievable amount of success over the last several years and their offense has played a huge part in that. In my opinion, they've been one of the most innovative offenses in the country, and I enjoy watching them every chance I get."
Harsin, whose offenses helped Boise State go 61-5 over the past five seasons with a pair of undefeated seasons, will replace former coordinator Greg Davis, who resigned following the season.
"Bryan and Major working together gives us two of the best, young offensive minds in the country," Brown said. "They had a chance to visit quite a bit yesterday and they clicked immediately. They both have everything we want in a coach at Texas."