Bryan Harsin has been at Auburn for just a season, but there are reports that he could be in the mix for the vacant Oregon football coaching position.
A few names have emerged as possible replacements for Mario Cristobal over the past week and on Friday night, Oregon football reportedly hired Dan Lanning.
That report was immediately refuted by Bruce Feldman and other credible college football experts. Lanning is reportedly a candidate for the head coaching position at Oregon, but there has been no contract offered and nothing has been signed.
Now that Lanning has joined the growing list of candidates, his resume can be dissected by Oregon fans until an official hire has been made.
There’s now another name to watch on top of Lanning as Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin is reportedly a “possible” candidate, according to John Canzano, a columnist for The Oregonian.
This is a pretty good rundown of notes regarding the Ducks’ search for a head coach and Harsin’s inclusion shows that Oregon is prepared to steal a coach away from a top school if that’s what needs to be done in order to remain a contender.
How would Harsin fit with Oregon football?
Harsin would be an intriguing hire and if he didn’t take the Auburn job last year, he may have been the Ducks’ top option to replace Mario Cristobal. He led Boise State to a 69-19 record after replacing Chris Petersen and he capitalized on the success with a job at Auburn where he went 6-6 in his first season and had the Tigers in and out of the Top 25.
As a former Boise State quarterback, Harsin would be an interesting fit because he knows the Mountain West/Pac-12 area. He spent most of his career as a Boise State coach but maybe he was waiting for the Oregon job to open up before Auburn came along.
You really can’t blame him for bolting for Auburn and the SEC last year, but I would be willing to bet he’d listen to what Oregon has to say if the Ducks came a-calling.
This would be a good hire for Oregon because he’s won big at Boise State and he’d have more than enough resources to do the same in Eugene.