In 2013 the Boise State football team experienced one of its most disappointing seasons in more than a decade. To add insult to injury, the team also lost its highly successful head coach (Chris Petersen) in the process.
This might lead some to think that the Broncos are destined for a drastic decline. However, those who assume such results probably haven't paid much attention to what has transpired since new head coach Bryan Harsin arrived to take over the program.
Since arriving back in his hometown he has begun to inspire a fanbase in need of inspiration. After a tough season and a string of unfortunate events, Harsin has brought the right kind of excitement and attitude to keep the momentum going.
His energy has been contagious and even the most skeptical fans seem to be coming around.
With Harsin at the helm, it is probably safe to say the Boise State football program is in good hands going into the future. Of course, the new head coach can't do it alone. He also needs good assistant coaches and talented players that are tough, dedicated and play with heart.
He has both.
In fact, for those who might still be skeptical, let's peer down the corridor of time a few years to see what kind of team he might have.
Specifically, let's look ahead to the 2016 season in an effort to determine the key players and how the Broncos might fare with Harsin at the helm.