Boise State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Eliah Drinkwitz has accepted the same position at North Carolina State, the Wolfpack announced Monday.
This is the second straight year that coach Bryan Harsin has lost his offensive coordinator. Mike Sanford left for Notre Dame after the 2014 season, Harsin’s first.
Dating to Harsin’s last year as offensive coordinator in 2010, the Broncos will be on their sixth offensive coordinator in seven years in 2016. After Harsin (2006-10), the list goes Brent Pease (2011), Robert Prince (2012-13), Sanford (2014) and Drinkwitz (2015).
"Eli is one of the bright and innovative offensive minds in our game, and I'm excited to have him join our staff," N.C. State coach Dave Doeren said in a statement. "He comes from great pedigree having worked for Gus Malzahn at both Auburn and Arkansas State, while at Boise State he worked with Bryan Harsin (head coach) and Mike Sanford (former Stanford assistant and current Notre Dame OC). He has learned and been able to blend some of the most successful offensive styles in the game and he'll bring an exciting style to NC State."
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Drinkwitz replaces Matt Canada, who was dismissed after three seasons. The Wolfpack went 7-6 in 2015 and finished 42nd in scoring offense (33.2 points per game). They were 57th in total offense (412.8 yards per game).
Drinkwitz was Harsin’s co-offensive coordinator at Arkansas State in 2013 and tight ends coach at Boise State in 2014. He was promoted to OC for the 2015 season, when the Broncos finished 15th in scoring offense (39.1 points per game) and total offense (501.3 yards per game) despite playing most of the season with a true freshman quarterback.
Doeren is 18-20 at N.C. State, so Drinkwitz is joining a staff that could be on the hot seat soon. Doeren is under contract through 2019.
“We would like to thank Coach Drinkwitz for his contributions to the success of the Boise State football team the last two seasons, and we wish him and his family nothing but the best going forward,” Harsin said in a statement.
Also Monday, Boise State finally acknowledged that defensive backs coach Julius Brown won’t return to the staff in 2016. Brown’s departure was reported a week ago by the Idaho Statesman and many other media outlets. The school won’t say whether he resigned or was dismissed.
More to come.