Boise State football closing in on a new coach

Source: Harsin and Koetter are two of the latest candidates to interview for job.

ccripe@idahostatesman.comDecember 10, 2013 

Boise State football coach Dirk Koetter talks to backup quarterback Bryan Harsin during a game against Washington State at Bronco Stadium on Sept. 12, 1998. Koetter, now the Atlanta Falcons' offensive coordinator, and Harsin, Arkansas State's head coach, interviewed for BSU's open head coaching position Monday, a source told the Idaho Statesman.

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— The Boise State football coaching search heated up Monday and could be near its conclusion.

Arkansas State coach Bryan Harsin interviewed in Boise and Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter interviewed by phone Monday, a source told the Idaho Statesman.

Falcons coach Mike Smith confirmed that Koetter spoke to Boise State when talking to reporters Monday.

Koetter interviewed with Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle and will have a second interview with President Bob Kustra on Tuesday, the source said.

It was not known with whom Harsin interviewed.

Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox also remains in the mix, sources said. But the Statesman has not been able to confirm his interview schedule.

The three former Boise State coaches still are considered the leading candidates to replace Chris Petersen, who accepted the Washington job Friday.

Harsin was a Boise State assistant from 2001 to 2010, including five years as the offensive coordinator (2006-10). Koetter was the Boise State head coach from 1998 to 2000. Wilcox was a graduate assistant in 2001-02 and the defensive coordinator from 2006 to 2009.

Internal candidates include linebackers coach Bob Gregory and offensive line coach Chris Strausser.

The Broncos could have a new coach by late Tuesday or early Wednesday, the source said.

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

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