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Boise State's Bryan Harsin named 28th head football coach at Auburn

"We want a coach who will lead our team to consistently compete at the highest levels and to make Auburn proud on and off the field. We found both in Coach Harsin."

BOISE, Idaho — Boise State head football coach Bryan Harsin has been selected as the 28th head football coach for the University of Auburn in Alabama, Auburn athletics director Allen Greene announced Tuesday.

"We are thrilled to welcome Coach Harsin to the Auburn family. He's a proven winner whose record speaks for itself. Coach Harsin impressed me with his detailed plan to lead Auburn to consistently compete for championships in the Southeastern Conference," Greene said. "I'm grateful to Gen. Burgess, Quentin Riggins and each member of our advisory committee for their commitment to Auburn during this process. We look forward to welcoming Bryan, Kes and their children to the Plains to introduce them to the Auburn family."

The announcement came after a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Harsin and Auburn were in the final stages of a deal.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because negotiations were not complete. 

The 44-year-old Harsin is 69-19 with three Mountain West titles in seven seasons at Boise State, his alma mater. Auburn fired Gus Malzahn earlier this month after eight seasons, a surprising move after a 6-4 season — and one that cost the school more than $21 million to buy out the former coach’s contract. 

Harsin released a statement on the opportunity on Tuesday night:

"I'm incredibly excited and humbled for the opportunity to be at a place like Auburn University. I knew it would take a special opportunity to get me out of Boise and Auburn is exactly that, the chance to compete at the highest level for one of the greatest programs in college football. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the coaches and players in the Southeastern Conference, but am ready to help build a foundation at Auburn where we can consistently compete for championships. I want our program to make Auburn proud both on and off the field with consistent excellence. I'm very grateful to Allen Greene and Dr. Gogue for this opportunity. Kes, our kids and I can't wait to meet the Auburn family and get to work! War Eagle!"

"We started the search with two goals," said Auburn President Jay Gogue. "We want a coach who will lead our team to consistently compete at the highest levels and to make Auburn proud on and off the field. We found both in Coach Harsin." 

This is a developing story. KTVB sports director Jay Tust is working to confirm details. Check back for updates.

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