After two years leading the Oregon Ducks defense, Andy Avalos is headed back to his alma mater.
Weeks after Avalos was first linked to the Broncos head coach vacancy, Boise State announced early Saturday that the 39-year-old coach has been hired as Bryan Harsin’s successor after Harsin departed for Auburn to become the school’s 27th head coach.
"This is a dream come true, and a very humbling opportunity for myself and my family to be back in this program," Avalos said in a statement. "I'm excited to get back around the players I have missed the last two years, and to provide an elite experience for all the young men in the Boise State football program.
"I can't wait to get to work and help this program make our university, community and the state of Idaho proud by continuing to grow the blue-collar mentality that has been the staple of our program and allowed it to thrive for years."
Avalos will return to the Broncos, where he starred as linebacker from 2001-05, amassing 365 tackles. He returned as coach, working his way up from defensive line coach (2012-13), to linebackers’ coach (2014-15), to defensive coordinator (2016-18).
Following Avalos’ departure, the Oregon football program wasted no time getting his job posted, as 247 Sports’ Kevin Wade noted.
The Ducks will look to replace the 2019 Broyles Award Semifinalist, who oversaw an Oregon defense that ranked ninth in the nation in scoring. While the Ducks will take their time finding Avalos’ replacement, here’s a look at some potential candidates.