Blake Anderson announced as new Arkansas State University coach

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    Blake Anderson (Photo: University of North Carolina)

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Arkansas State Red Wolves have a new head coach.

    Athletic Director Terry Mohajir tweeted Thursday morning that Blake Anderson has been named new head coach.

    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.

    ASU Department of Athletics will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. on the Arkansas State University?campus at the Convocation Center auditorium.

    The press conference is open to working media and the public, and it will be streamed live on AStateRedWolves.com.

    Blake Anderson is leaving his job as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of North Carolina.

    Contributing: The Associated Press

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