Oct 12, 2013; Jonesboro, AR, USA; Arkansas State Red Wolves wide receiver Julian Jones (7) celebrates after the game against the Idaho Vandals at ASU Stadium. Arkansas State defeated Idaho 48-24. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Arkansas State names North Carolina offensive coordinator Blake Anderson head coach

The Arkansas State Red Wolves have a new head coach.  Athletic Director Terry Mohajir made the announcement on Thursday that Blake Anderson would be the next coach of the program after Bryan Harsin went back to Boise State to take the helm of that program in light of Chris Petersen going to Washington.  Unfortunately for Arkansas State, while Harsin was going home to a program he had previously coached as an assistant to where he was from and lived, it was the third year in a row where Arkansas State was looking for a new coach.

Blake Anderson spent the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator at North Carolina.  This past year, the Tar Heels slumped out of the gate in part due to injuries to players like quarterback Bryn Renner, but rallied to win 5 games in a row to get bowl eligible.  Last season, they set 35 offensive records under Anderson.

The Red Wolves football program has been a pretty good spring board the last few years.  Hugh Freeze was there in 2011 and went to Ole Miss where he has been a big recruiter.  Gus Malzahn was there in 2012 after leaving Auburn where he was the offensive coordinator of the National Championship team, then left to go back to Auburn and become the head coach.  They are currently preparing for Florida State.  With Harsin going to Boise State, it seems as though Arkansas State seems to know who can coach.  In all three years, the team made a bowl game and had an interim coach leading the team in that game enjoying a 27-11 record and at least a share of the Sun Belt Conference the past three years.


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