Oregon Ducks

Andy Avalos 'likely a leading candidate' for Boise State HC job

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Despite Mario Cristobal inking a long-term extension with Oregon, the Auburn coaching vacancy may cost the Ducks another key member of the coaching staff.

Oregon defensive coordinator Andy Avalos is set to be a leading candidate for the Boise State head coaching vacancy after Auburn reportedly will hire Bryan Harsin to replace Gus Malzahn. 

Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel first reported Harsin's move.

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ESPN's Adam Rittenberg described Avalos as "likely a leading candidate" for the Boise State job.  

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. 

Mario Cristobal then hired him to replace Jim Leavitt as Oregon's defensive coordinator in 2019, where he coached the Ducks up from a 49th place finish in 2018 to 9th place in 2019 in team defense. 

The Ducks defense last season led the conference in both interceptions and forced turnovers under Avalos. 

 

In 2020, the Oregon defense regressed after losing Troy Dye, Jevon Holland, Brady Breeze, and Thomas Graham Jr. but Avalos still coached the unit to hold the then-Pac-12's second-best offense to a season-low 24 points in the 2020 Pac-12 Championship Game. 

Oregon won the conference in both seasons with Avalos coordinating the defense. 

Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator and former Boise State QB Kellen Moore is also considered a leading candidate to replace Harsin.