Boise State is wasting no time in their search to replace Bryan Harsin, who assumed the head coaching duties at Auburn less than a week ago.
It appears the Broncos will take a similar approach in hiring their next head coach that they did Harsin-- an alum.
Two names who have reportedly interviewed for the position are two names linked to the job early on: Dallas Cowboys OC Kellen Moore and Oregon DC Andy Avalos.
Moore, who quarterbacked the Broncos to a 50-3 record from 2008-2010, has spent the past 3 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, including the last 2 seasons as the team’s offensive coordinator.
According to Football Scoop, "If Moore does choose to return to Boise, over remaining in the NFL, Boise would like to agree to terms in the coming days."
But Avalos is an intriguing (and serious) candidate, as well.
Avalos was a linebacker for the Broncos from 2001-2005, amassing 365 tackles and for fourth in program history.
He is currently in his second season as Oregon's defensive coordinator. Prior to joining Oregon, he was Boise State's defensive line coach (2012-13), linebackers coach (2014-15) and defensive coordinator (2016-18).
His three defenses were ranked 29th, 38th, and 30th in team defense nationally.
Mario Cristobal hired Avalos 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.
Oregon won the conference in both seasons with Avalos coordinating the defense.
The Dallas Cowboys have two games remaining in the NFL regular season. The Oregon Ducks will play in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on January 2nd.
This search seems to be moving fast and furious and will probably be filled before either the Cowboys and Ducks seasons will be over.