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Boise St., Harsin agree to terms on $6.5M deal

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Boise State and new head football coach Bryan Harsin have agreed to the terms of a five-year contract worth $6.5 million.

University officials released the term sheet signed by Harsin Wednesday, the day the former Broncos walk-on player and Boise native was named the successor to Chris Petersen, who left for Washington last week. Petersen spent eight seasons leading the Broncos and was expected to make $2.3 million in salary next year.

Harsin will be paid $1 million each of the first two years, with subsequent raises of $1.3 million, $1.55 million and $1.65 million in the final year. A formal contract with bonuses and incentives will be hammered out in coming weeks, athletic department officials said.

The deal also provides Harsin with $1.75 million to satisfy the buyout clause in his contract with Arkansas State, where Harsin got his first year of head coaching experience.

Harsin will also have $2.2 million to spend on his new staff and the buyout with Boise State in the first year is $2 million, according to the term sheet.

Harsin is the Broncos former offensive coordinator, but he left Boise in 2010 and spent two years running the offense at Texas. He led Arkansas State to a 7-5 record this season, but will not coach the Red Wolves in the GoDaddy.com Bowl later this month.

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