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New title, old face; Mountain West wary of Harsin


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New title, old face; Mountain West wary of Harsin

By Paul Gerke. CREATED Jul 23, 2014

Oregon, Texas, Arkansas, Idaho.

Bryan Harsin has been a bit of a nomad over the course of his coaching career, but now the face of the Boise State football program is back where he began- the City of Trees.

"We’re not quite settled yet," laughed Harsin. "We will be eventually. We’re hoping to move into a new place here, it’ll probably happen in September at some point. Family-wise and personally, the transition has been very good."

"We obviously we know the area, and our kids are excited to be back," he added. "But from a football standpoint, there is still a lot to do. Our football family... is still transitioning. That’ll take some time, but that’s the fun part about it, too. It keeps it exciting."

Harsin is one of two new head coaches in the Mountain West this year. Although Harsin’s title is new, the competition is well aware of him and his abilities.

"Shoot, those guys (Harsin and Wyoming coach Craig Bohl) win a lot of games. I’m gonna go talk to them," said Colorado State coach Jim McElwain, when asked if he'd give the new guys some advice.

"He is Boise. He’s Mr. Boise. I mean, I think the guy was born on the blue," joked Utah State coach Matt Wells.

"You look at Bryan Harsin and what he has done as a player and as a former coach there coming back… I think they’re going to make a great transition," added Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter. "It’s going to be fun to compete against those guys. We’ve had great rivalries with them, and we expect it to continue."

"I have a lot of respect for Bryan," added Wells. "I’ve known him a long time over the years, and there’s no question on my mind that he will put his own stamp and flavor on that program but they’ll continue to win."