2. Bryan Harsin, former Boise State head coach
This is a bit of an eye-opener at No. 2, but wouldn’t this be a cool story? Boise native Bryan Harsin succeeds at his alma mater before taking a shiny SEC job but it’s not all it’s cracked up to be and he’s fired midway through his second season. He’s been out of football ever since the middle of that 2022 season and he’s looking for a return.
What better place to hire him than his alma mater?
Harsin went 69-19 overall during his seven seasons with the Broncos and 46-8 in conference play. He won three Mountain West titles at Boise State and led the program to six straight division titles before taking the Auburn job.
At Auburn, he was surrounded by controversy and was fired after a 3-5 start to the 2022 season. He was just 9-12 with the Tigers.
But there may be no better redemption story in college football than if he returned home to lead Boise State back into the national spotlight. And with the playoff field expanding to 12 next year, he could legitimately turn the Broncos into CFP contenders.
This hire would make a lot of sense and I bet it’d have a huge backing.