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Governor Beebe, Arkansas State alumni sound off on coach leaving

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -- Wednesday's news of Arkansas State head coach Brian Harsin heading to Boise State leaves an unstable vacancy for Red Wolves nation.

According to the USA Today Arkansas State will be the first FBS program since at least 1960 to have four full-time head coaches in just four years.

As the dominos fall in the coaching carousel, it's now ASU's turn to make a move.

Boise State head coach Chris Petersen left for Washington, and now Harsin is leaving Jonesboro for the vacancy left by Petersen.

Proud ASU alum Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe wouldn't give us an idea of who his favorite is to be the next head coach, but it sounds like others know his endorsement matters.

"My phone's blowing off the wall with other coaches across the country, both head coaches that know of folks that have called them that want to come, as well as other coaches that just want an opportunity," Beebe told us Wednesday. "They're from all over the country."

To help make coaches stay put universities have started implementing high buy out clauses. Harsin's was set at $1.75 million, an increase from the $700,000 Auburn owed last year after Gus Malzahn left.

Arkansas State alumni Shane Broadway said the formula of a one-and-done coach seems to me paying off in Jonesboro, citing three-straight bowl appearances and the incoming funds from buyouts.

"I think the key has been is that the systems have been the same," Broadway said.

"The offensive schemes, and then you've got John Thompson there on the defensive scheme. You really haven't had a huge change in terms of the mindset of how the offense operates and how the whole place operates."

Thompson, ASU's defensive coordinator, will serve as interim head coach for the bowl on January 5.

Thompson held the same position last season after Malzahn left, and led Arkansas State to a 17-13 over Kent State in the same bowl.