Texas’ Harsin leaves for Arkansas State, OSU’s Monken heads to Southern Miss

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Texas co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin will be named Arkansas State’s new head coach, sources with knowledge of the deal told ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s Ian Fitzsimmons.

Texas could replace departing playcaller Bryan Harsin from inside the program with Major Applewhite, writes HornsNation’s Carter Strickland. Blog

Harsin takes over for Gus Malzahn, who’s leaving Arkansas State for Auburn after one season. Malzahn led the Red Wolves to a 9-3 record and a Sun Belt Conference championship.

The 35-year-old Harsin was interviewed for the Red Wolves’ position on Tuesday and will be officially introduced on Wednesday, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Harsin was hired by Texas coach Mack Brown out of Boise State in 2011 to handle the playcalling for the Longhorns.

Harsin replaced Greg Davis, who won a national championship with Texas in 2005 and played for another in 2009, but resigned after the Longhorns went 5-7 in 2010.

Harsin spent 10 seasons on the Boise State staff, his last five as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He was a finalist for the 2009 Broyles Award given to the nation’s top assistant coach.

Todd Monken leaves OSU for Southern Mississippi

Meanwhile, Southern Miss introduced Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken as its new football coach Tuesday, confident that the 46-year-old can return the Golden Eagles to their winning ways after the worst season in school history.

“You want high expectations,” Monken said. “You want to be at a place where winning is expected. And this is one of those places. This is a new era of Southern Miss football. You’ve had that history and tradition — hit what I call a one-year speed bump — but I’m looking with great confidence to the future and not looking back.”

Monken comes to the Golden Eagles after two successful seasons leading the Cowboys’ high-scoring offense, which is averaging nearly 45 points this season. He will not coach with Oklahoma State at the Heart of Dallas bowl on Jan. 1, instead starting his job in Hattiesburg immediately.

There’s plenty of work to be done.

Monken replaces Ellis Johnson, who was fired Nov. 27 after going 0-12 in one disappointing season. The shocking freefall came one year after a 12-win season that included a Conference USA championship, No. 19 national ranking and Hawaii Bowl victory.

Monken was confident the Golden Eagles could return to those winning ways soon. He met with the team Tuesday and said the “only disappointment is they get to go home.”

“(The players) didn’t forget how to win, how to work or how to compete,” Monken said. “They’re ready to work.”

Monken’s arrival has to seem like a flashback for Southern Miss fans, who watched five years ago as Larry Fedora was introduced following the 2007 season. The brash Oklahoma State offensive coordinator finished with a 34-19 record over four years — including a 12-2 mark in 2011 — at Southern Miss before leaving to become North Carolina’s coach.