One week ago, the Auburn football program hired Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin away from Boise, Idaho to become the next head coach in Auburn, Alabama.
Now, the Broncos are looking to fill the vacancy left behind on the ‘surf turf.’
Avalos played linebacker for the Broncos from 2001-2005 amassing 365 tackles, good for fourth all-time in program history. He later returned to Boise State as an assistant coach, working his way up from defensive line coach (2012-13), to linebackers coach (2014-15), to defensive coordinator (2016-18). His three defenses he coordinated were ranked 29th, 38th, and 30th in team defense nationally.
This performance was good enough to catch Mario Cristobal’s eyes and take over the defense with the departed Jim Leavitt. Under Avalos, the Ducks defense from a 49th place finish in 2018 to 9th place in 2019 in team defense. Oregon also led the conference in both interceptions and forced turnovers under Avalos.
On Tuesday during media week leading up to the Playstation Fiesta Bowl where the No. 25 Oregon Ducks are set to face the No. 10 Iowa State Cyclones, Avalos addressed the situation with Boise State:
“I get it, that's my alma mater. A lot of blood sweat and equity into that university. But ultimately... I have not been engaged in that process," said Avalos when asked on Tuesday.
"I'm sure they have a process they're going through but we're focused on ours here and we're focused on finishing.
"There hasn't been any formal interaction there."
Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator and former Boise State QB Kellen Moore is also considered a leading candidate to replace Harsin.