JONESBORO — Arkansas State University is in the market for a head football coach again.

JONESBORO — Arkansas State University is in the market for a head football coach again.


Bryan Harsin became the third consecutive Arkansas State head coach to leave after one season on the job when he was hired Wednesday morning at Boise State, his alma mater. ASU appointed defensive coordinator John Thompson as interim head coach and announced plans for a national search to fill the position.


"We appreciate everything coach Harsin did for Arkansas State during his time as head football coach," ASU athletic director Terry Mohajir said in a university statement. "We wish him and his family only the best in their future. We will now turn our attention to conducting a national search for a head coach to lead our three-time defending Sun Belt Conference champion football program."


The Red Wolves are in a familiar position as they prepare for their third consecutive trip to the GoDaddy Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Thompson also served as interim coach last year when ASU beat Kent State 17-13 in the bowl game.


"An Arkansas State man coaches Arkansas State football," Mohajir said, referring to the Jan. 5 bowl game.


Harsin, 37, interviewed with Boise State officials Monday in Boise, Idaho. He succeeds Chris Petersen, who posted a 92-12 record in eight seasons before leaving the Broncos to take over as head coach at the University of Washington last Friday.


ASU posted a 7-5 record and won a share of the Sun Belt Conference championship, its third consecutive league title, under Harsin. The Red Wolves will play Ball State (10-2) in the GoDaddy Bowl.


Boise is home for Harsin, who played for Boise State and spent 10 seasons as an assistant coach with the Broncos. He was Boise State’s offensive coordinator from 2006-10, then spent two seasons as co-offensive coordinator at Texas before accepting the ASU head coaching position on Dec. 12, 2012.


Harsin was ASU’s fourth head coach in four seasons. Hugh Freeze, promoted from offensive coordinator after the 2010 season, was hired by Ole Miss after leading ASU to the Sun Belt title in 2011. Gus Malzahn went to Auburn after guiding the Red Wolves to their second consecutive Sun Belt title in 2012.


Harsin’s ASU agreement included a $1.75 million buyout for resigning during the first year of his five-year contract. According to the Idaho Statesman, Boise State will receive $750,000 from Washington as a result of Petersen’s buyout, money that could be applied to Harsin’s ASU buyout.


"With three consecutive Sun Belt Conference championships, three straight bowl game appearances, and 27 wins over that same span, our football program has developed a strong national brand," Mohajir said. "This is an opportunity to find the right person at the right time to fill our head football coach position and lead our emerging football program."


Mohajir, ASU Chancellor Tim Hudson and ASU System President Charles Welch will lead the coaching search, according to the university statement.