Play Fantasy The Most Award Winning Fantasy game with real time scoring, top expert analysis, custom settings, and more. Play Now
Blog Entry

Bryan Harsin chooses Texas over LSU

Posted on: February 24, 2011 4:38 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2011 5:36 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

It seems that new Texas offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin was a wanted man this winter. With so many offensive coordinator jobs open at big schools, this doesn't come as much of a surprise considering the success that Harsin has had at Boise State . What is somewhat surprising is what Harsin passed up to take the job at Texas.

According to a story in the Austin American-Statesman , Harsin had just finished talking with Mack Brown about taking the job at Texas when his phone rang. It was Les Miles on the other end of the phone, and Miles was offering Harsin the same job at LSU . The difference was that LSU was offering a long-term deal with more money. All Harsin had from Texas at that point was a one-year deal for $625,000, and though Harsin accepted the offer, it was only an offer at that point. Harsin hadn't signed anything.

However, that did not keep Harsin from telling Miles no.

"LSU is a great school, and I really was flattered that coach Miles, who's an amazing coach, was interested in me," Harsin told The Statesman . "In any other situation, I would have talked about the offer with my family. I told him I'd already accepted a job at Texas, and I wouldn't feel right if I didn't honor that."

Given the amount of times we've all seen coaches go from job to job to take more money, it is somewhat refreshing to hear that one coach decided to do the honorable thing and stick to his word. It really is. Still, at the same time, I'm not sure that Harsin made the right choice here. I'm not saying that LSU is better than Texas or anything, but if you're getting a multi-year contract for even more money, don't you take that offer?

Maybe I'm just as greedy as the coaches, but if I'm thinking about my family, I'm taking the security that came with the LSU offer over the who knows about next season deal he took at Texas. After all, if the Longhorns have another down season, would anybody be surprised if Mack Brown and the entire staff is gone in 2012?
Comments

Since: Feb 26, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2011 1:08 am
 

Bryan Harsin chooses Texas over LSU

Tricks and gimmicks don't win championships (Boise Jr College...ZERO)

Wow, your post sets records for ignorance and misinformation. 

Boise won national championships at the JC and 1AA level (playoff).  Since moving up from 1AA in 1996 Boise has finished in the Coaches' Poll Top Fifteen 7 times (7 of the last 9 yrs), while Nebraska has 6 Top 15 finishes.  Not bad for a school that was a junior college not so many years back when Nebraska was still a powerhouse.

I'd love to see how Nebraska would do against a Boise offense but the Cornhuskers won't be playing Texas anytime soon and won't schedule Boise so I have to hope for a bowl matchup.  It would be an interesting game.





Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2011 3:30 pm
 

Bryan Harsin chooses Texas over LSU

SEC fans BASH BSU???

1- BSU does very well with the players they recruit and the schedule they play
2- Most college football fans should agree with #1 above
3- BSU does not play a killer conference schedule
4-  Most college football fans should agree with #3 above
5- Head coaches and OC/DC at mid major schools are getting quality training
    just at a less stressful level than in top tier of most BCS schools
   heck even less stressful at the lower tier BCS schools, because they are not
   getting killed year in and year out by the top tier.

Heck we at LSU do pretty well with guys from the likes of Mich St and Ok St





Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Bryan Harsin chooses Texas over LSU

Love how all the SEC fans continually bash Boise State, yet they constantly look to the mid-majors for coaches. Boise DC=Tenn DC Boise OC=coulda been LSU OC.

Lousisana Tech HC=Tennesee Head Coach

Utah HC=Former Florida HC

The list goes on and on.




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Bryan Harsin chooses Texas over LSU

All else being equal, maybe he wanted a little more cosmopolitan atmosphere; slightly stronger recruiting base (not saying LSU is weak, they are very well entrenched in the Southeast and Houston of Texas and as long as they keep winning, continue to supplant Texas A&M).     He may have more flexibility with the offense also and ability to choose the players for his offense.

The statement about Boise's offense is completely off-base from a fan who obviously doesn't know much about offensive schemes.  Yes, Boise being a little lesser than talent wise than Oregon and Va Tech, etc has to resort to some trickeration to off-set their weaknesses, but image the ability of an offense with higher caliber players which Texas and LSU recruit?     Just look at Dana Horgensen what he did with a bunch of dusty West Texas boys at Tech and also at Houston.     Then you give him secondary players (not the cream of the crop but next level down) at OK State and they blew the doors off last year and that's with a pathetic defense!   



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Bryan Harsin chooses Texas over LSU

Almost all of the contracts these days for the coaches operate on two levels; straight salary (which is the $625K) and then the objectives and benefits.   Unless you know what was discussed and to be put into the contract, you don't really know the whole value.    Maybe there's free education for his children or free housing; maybe if his offense achieves "X" or the team wins the Big12 they get an additional "X" bonus.

I realize it's off season and the football sports writers are trying to come up with anything to write, but at least do a little more investigation and use your brains.  You did go to college, right?   You received a journalism degree, right?    I realize that dependent on where you went it may have been over in the school of arts and sciences rather than the business school, but your big boys, you know these guys know that there's more than money to these jobs; and who's to say that Mack didn't just whisper..."look, I've got my National Championship and had a great 10 year run, maybe I go a season or two and look to turn the reins over.   I just need to find someone who will take them and keep the program and Deloss happy..."



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2011 11:58 am
 

Bryan Harsin chooses Texas over LSU

Boise State's ascension to the upper eschelon of the BCS is nothing short of remarkable. The Broncos' offense is more than just flashy trick plays. It certainly has worked in the "real world". Just ask Oklahoma, Va Tech, etc. Harsin is in great demand because his system works and both Coach Brown and Miles believe in it.

The only "moron" based on your flippant commentary is you, "bigredblood". Enjoy your new home in the plodding, overrated Big 10+2. You'll fit right in with the other antiques; Iowa, Michigan, Penn State, etc.

great....pop warner-style football is making its way to where the adults play.  TX, coming off a horrendous season, had to do something.  so lets bring on the Walt Disney Offense.  the morons in TX will buy into it just like the morons in Boise did.  tricks and gimmicks dont win championships (Boise Jr College...ZERO), real football does (TX...4).  after the glitter has worn off the double reverse half back pass, and the jump ball offense...TX will realize Boise Jr College can do those things against the other Jr Colleges....but they dont work in the real world.




Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2011 10:55 am
 

Bryan Harsin chooses Texas over LSU

great....pop warner-style football is making its way to where the adults play.  TX, coming off a horrendous season, had to do something.  so lets bring on the Walt Disney Offense.  the morons in TX will buy into it just like the morons in Boise did.  tricks and gimmicks dont win championships (Boise Jr College...ZERO), real football does (TX...4).  after the glitter has worn off the double reverse half back pass, and the jump ball offense...TX will realize Boise Jr College can do those things against the other Jr Colleges....but they dont work in the real world.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2011 9:03 am
 

Bryan Harsin chooses Texas over LSU

Harsin is a man of honor and he should be commended for that.  But for anyone to say that a one year deal for $625k is better than a three year deal for $700 is just silly.  LSU has shown that they are willing to pay big bucks for the best coaches out there, and quite frankly, the LSU situation is more stable at this time than Texas.  Definitely sounds like Texas got a good man.



Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2011 10:23 pm
 

Bryan Harsin chooses Texas over LSU

Guys pretty sure Texas has more money than LSU. He is going to be paid well if he does a good job and he is going to be able to hand pick the four and five star recruits in Texas.  Heck UT usually finishes recruiting by the time the seasons even over.

Sounds like a better deal to me.



Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2011 10:04 pm
 

Bryan Harsin chooses Texas over LSU

To add one more point, if Harsin were to lose his position in Austin for some reason, I guarantee he has a spot in Boise.  I still believe that if Coach Pete were to leave (hope this NEVER happens), Coach Harsin will be our next head coach.



The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com