Boise St., Harsin agree to terms on $6.5M deal

Boise State and new head football coach Bryan Harsin have agreed

to the terms of a five-year contract worth $6.5 million.

University officials released the term sheet signed by Harsin

Wednesday, the day the former Broncos walk-on player and Boise

native was named the successor to Chris Petersen, who left for

Washington last week. Petersen spent eight seasons leading the

Broncos and was expected to make $2.3 million in salary next


Harsin will be paid $1 million each of the first two years, with

subsequent raises of $1.3 million, $1.55 million and $1.65 million

in the final year. A formal contract with bonuses and incentives

will be hammered out in coming weeks, athletic department officials


The deal also provides Harsin with $1.75 million to satisfy the

buyout clause in his contract with Arkansas State, where Harsin got

his first year of head coaching experience.

Harsin will also have $2.2 million to spend on his new staff and

the buyout with Boise State in the first year is $2 million,

according to the term sheet.

Harsin is the Broncos former offensive coordinator, but he left

Boise in 2010 and spent two years running the offense at Texas. He

led Arkansas State to a 7-5 record this season, but will not coach

the Red Wolves in the Bowl later this month.