Boise State interviewing Harsin, Koetter today

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter - USA TODAY Sports

Boise State is moving rapidly to replace former head coach Chris Petersen

Arkansas State head coach Bryan Harsin and Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter are two of the leading candidates being mentioned to replace former HC Chris Petersen. Both are former Boise State coaches with strong ties to the Broncos and both are in Boise today interviewing for the vacancy.

Harsin played college football at Boise State and later served as the Broncos’ offensive coordinator from 2006-10. Koetter is a former Broncos head coach (1998-2000) who is credited with setting Boise State on the road from newbie Big West nobodies to becoming BCS contenders.

The defensive coordinator at Washington, Justin Wilcox, is also a leading candidate for the job. He was the defensive coordinator at Boise from 2006-2009, but nothing is known on when or if he will interview for the job.

Boise State interim head coach Bob Gregory has already interviewed for the vacancy. Gregory has been the linebackers coach since 2010, and served as the Defensive Coordinator at Cal from 2002-2009. He was the defensive coordinator at Boise state in 2001.

Offensive line coach Chris Strausser has also been interviewed. He's been with Boise State for nearly all of the past 13 years in a number of coaching capacities.

A decision is likely to be made no later than Friday.

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