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Wed December 12, 2012

ASU Selects New Football Coach

Arkansas State's Football Field
Credit flickr / jimmy emerson

The campus of Arkansas State University is abuzz with the announcement of new head football coach Brian Harsin. Administrators held a press conference today in Jonesboro where Harsin laid out his plan to continue the recent success of the program. "I know that it's not just the football team. It's not just the university. It's an entire community that backs and makes all of this work. And support is what's tremendous and what's huge in continuing to get better and better," said Harsin.

Harsin previously served on the staff at the University of Texas and at Boise State. He signed a five-year contract worth seven hundred thousand dollars annually. "We've got to do a great job in recruiting. We have got to get to work. First of all: recruiting. It's going to start with getting a staff,"  said the 35 year old Harsin.  "It's going to start with getting the best staff in the country. Putting together the best staff for these players so they can go out and be successful not only on the field, but off the field."

In light of the abrupt departure of former coach Gus Malzahn after only one season, ASU signaled that it wants Harsin to stay by establishing a first-year buyout option of nearly two million dollars.