Boise State on Saturday announced it is hiring Oregon defensive coordinator Andy Avalos as its new coach. Avalos, 39, will replace Bryan Harsin, who left after seven seasons to take the head coaching job at Auburn.

A former Boise State linebacker and assistant coach, Avalos spent the last two seasons leading the Ducks' defense.

"This is a dream come true, and a very humbling opportunity for myself and my family to be back in this program," Avalos said in a statement. "I'm excited to get back around the players I have missed the last two years, and to provide an elite experience for all the young men in the Boise State football program. I can't wait to get to work and help this program make our university, community and the state of Idaho proud by continuing to grow the blue-collar mentality that has been the staple of our program and allowed it to thrive for years."