Andy Avalos could soon be on his way out of Eugene.
For weeks, the Oregon defensive coordinator has been linked to Boise State’s head coach vacancy after Bryan Harsin's left for Auburn. Those rumors gained steam on Thursday as the Oregonian reported new Boise State athletic director Jeremiah Dickey and senior associate athletic director Bob Carney will meet with Ducks coach in Eugene.
The two met with Montana State’s Jeff Choate earlier this morning, per the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, before taking off for Oregon around 1:00 p.m. MT.
Avalos, Oregon’s defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, previously served as position coach for the Broncos before he was elevated to defensive coordinator. He also played linebacker for Boise State from 2001-05, recording 365 tackles, fourth all-time in program history.
Prior to the 2021 Fiesta Bowl, the 39-year-old coach said he had not been part of the Broncos hiring process.
“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," Avalos said. "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."
Avalos joined Oregon’s football staff in February 2019 and has since transformed the Ducks into one of the best defensive units in the country. In 2019, the Ducks finished in the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense and finished the year with the second-most interceptions in the country with 20.
While Oregon’s defense had its deficiencies in 2020 due to multiple players opting out due to the coronavirus pandemic, Avalos still managed to develop players like Noah Sewell, Kayvon Thibodeaux and Mykael Wright into some of the nation’s best as Oregon reigned supreme as Pac-12 champions and snagged an automatic bid to play in the Fiesta Bowl.
Avalos’ impact on the Ducks program will surely be missed if he is named Boise State’s new head coach. Will he flock to his old stomping grounds as head coach or will Oregon get to breathe a collective sigh of relief with him staying? We’ll soon find out.