By Chadd Cripe
© 2010 Idaho Statesman
Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin has accepted a job as the co-offensive coordinator and play-caller at Texas.
Harsin, 34, has been on the Boise State staff for 10 years, the past five as offensive coordinator. He also was a backup quarterback for the Broncos for five years and graduated from Capital High.
Harsin, Texas coach Mack Brown and co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite are quoted on the Texas football website.
Harsin: "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. At Boise State, we always talked about and paid attention to the successful programs around the country, and Texas was a model. The Longhorns set the standard for what you want to be, so it was quite an honor to get that call from Coach Brown. ... I think this whole thing is about the fit. We'll get the X's and O's situated and implement what we need to in order to be successful, but it's all about the fit. In the time we spent with Coach Brown and getting to know him, it fits. Our philosophies, our vision for where we want this offense to go,we're on the same page."
Brown: "Everyone knows of the appreciation I've had for Chris (Petersen), Bryan and the Boise State offense for quite some time. 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. Now that I've met Bryan, I'm really impressed. He has a great passion and knowledge of football.
Applewhite: "Bryan and I had a chance to get together and talk football during his visit to Austin, and I felt like we connected immediately. We talked about personnel, philosophies and getting the best out of this team. The bottom line is we both want to win. Obviously we've all seen what Boise State has done over the years, so I'm excited to get with him, put our ideas together and develop a successful plan here."
The Denver Broncos have received permission to talk to Jacksonville offensive coordinator — and former Boise State coach — Dirk Koetter about their coaching job, John Elway tweeted this afternoon.