According to several sources, including blogs focused on Texas Longhorns football, current Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin is No. 1 on Mack Brown's list of interest to replace Greg Davis as offensive coordinator.
While Harsin doesn't have the name recognition as others in the news, including Guz Malzahn, Mike Leach and Major Applewhite, many of his qualities may be exactly what the Longhorns need at this point.
Harsin's calling card is his creativity in play-calling and mastery of the pro-style offense which Mack Brown has reportedly expressed a desire in again implementing on the 40 Acres. Harsin has been on the coaching staff for the Broncos for a total of 10 years and has been at the helm of the high-octane offense for head coach Chris Petersen for the past four seasons.
Typically Chris Petersen has been hands-off with play-calling during his tenure at Boise State and has placed the responsibility for control of the offense on Harsin's shoulders.
Petersen has made a point when asked about Harsin to praise his innovative nature and most recently his work in developing lightly recruited Broncos quarterback, Kellen Moore, into one of the top passers in the country and a candidate for the Heisman Trophy to be handed out this coming Saturday.
Could Mack Brown have this same type of mentorship in mind for Garrett Gilbert?
A more important question is whether the administration, including DeLoss Dodds, would be willing to take a calculated risk on a 30-something to control the offense's fortunes. This same question could just as easily be asked about Major Applewhite.
If there is a hesitancy among the Longhorn brass to go with a younger candidate at offensive coordinator, both Harsin and Applewhite may be out of the picture in favor of other, more seasoned candidates with Texas ties including former Minnesota Gophers head coach Tim Brewster or the new hot topic, Guz Malzahn.
Is Bryan Harsin the candidate for offensive coordinator that is flying under the radar, but could make big noise on the national radar in the 2011 season?
If the rumors are true that the Longhorns consider him their "big get," then this just might be the case.
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