JONESBORO, Ark. - Arkansas State athletic director Terry Mohajir says North Carolina offensive coordinator Blake Anderson has agreed to become the new head coach of the Red Wolves.
Anderson leaves the Tar Heels after two seasons, replacing Bryan Harsin - who left Arkansas State last week to become the head coach at Boise State. Anderson becomes the fifth coach in five seasons for the Red Wolves, who won at least a share of the Sun Belt Conference championship for the third straight season this year.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn left Arkansas State after one season last year, just as Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze had done a year earlier.
Defensive coordinator John Thompson will serve as the interim coach when Arkansas State (7-5) faces Ball State in the GoDaddy Bowl on Jan. 5.
University of North Carolina's head coach Larry Fedora released this statement on Thursday afternoon:
"Blake is an outstanding football coach and I'm thrilled he has the chance to be the head coach at Arkansas State. It's been a goal of his for a long time to be a Division I head coach and he deserves this opportunity.
Blake has been with me for the last six seasons and we've had success at both Southern Miss and North Carolina, setting several offensive school records. When you have that kind of success other schools are going to notice. I want our assistants to have these types of opportunities and I'm excited for Blake and his family as they make the move to Arkansas State."
Going forward, we will take our time to find the best fit for our program."
-Larry Fedora, UNC head coach
AP/ WFMY News 2/ UNC