Arkansas State hires UNC's Anderson

Arkansas State has hired North Carolina offensive coordinator Blake Anderson as its head coach, athletic director Terry Mohajir announced Thursday.

Anderson spent the last two seasons with the Tar Heels and replaces Bryan Harsin, who left after one season to coach at Boise State.

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said in a statement: "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.”