Boise State football Top 5 head coaching candidates

1. Justin Wilcox (Washington defensive coordinator):

It was Boise State’s Chris Petersen who was chosen as the next Huskies head coach, and he brought Boise State defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski with him, according to reports. Despite coaching under Petersen from 2006-2009, Wilcox appears to be out of a job. Boise State’s last two head coaches were renowned for their offensive ingenuity.

2. Bryan Harsin (Arkansas State head coach):

Atop many fan wish lists for the next Boise State head football coach is current Arkansas State head coach Bryan Harsin. Harsin was a Boise State assistant coach and offensive coordinator for 10 seasons before leaving to become Texas’s offensive coordinator in 2011. His name seems perfect as a candidate for the coaching vacancy, but Harsin has a $1.75 million buyout in his contract with the Red Wolves. Petersen’s was only $750,000.

3. Dirk Koetter (Atlanta Falcons OC):

It seems unlikely that Dirk Koetter would leave his position as offensive coordinator with the Atlanta Falcons, but he may not have a choice following this season. The Falcons have a record of 3-9, which is worst in the NFC South division. Koetter coached the Broncos from 1998-2000, and led Boise State to its first two bowl victories in program history.

4. Brent Pease:

Former Boise State assistant coach and offensive coordinator was recently fired from his position as offensive coordinator at Florida, making him readily available for coaching vacancies across the country. Pease coached the Broncos from 2006-2011 before taking the position with Florida, and may be interested in a head coaching position.

5. Dan Hawkins (fan wildcard):

What could possibly be better than seeing “The Hawk” back in orange and blue as Boise State’s head football coach? Well, maybe a few things, but Dan Hawkins’ name will float around in some lofty rumors until Boise State name’s its next head coach. Hawkins was Boise State’s head coach from 2001-2005 before leaving to coach Colorado. Hawkins was recently fired from his head coaching position in the Canadian Football League.

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John Engel

John Engel is the sports editor of the Arbiter. He got interested in journalism when he was cut from the baseball team his junior year of high school. He started writing for his high school newspaper and swore he would one day work for ESPN, and indeed he did. He recently finished an internship with ESPN as a radio production intern where he talked to Kobe Bryant and almost fainted. He still works with ESPN Radio's Boise affiliate, ESPN Boise as a studio engineer, reporter and SportsCenter anchor. He is majoring in communication with an audio production emphasis, and plans to graduate sometime in the next decade. Follow John on Twitter: @EngelESPN