Football’s Harrell, Filani are headed to North Texas


Outside receivers coach Graham Harrell watches practice during spring football, April 26, 2014.

From staff reports

Two of Washington State’s offensive coaches will take jobs at North Texas after the Sun Bowl.

Offensive quality control coach Joel Filani and outside receivers coach Graham Harrell are leaving WSU to join new head coach Seth Littrell at North Texas University as he builds up his coaching roster. The common denominator amongst all three coaches is WSU’s Head Coach Mike Leach.

Both Filani and Harrell played for Leach when he coached at Texas Tech. Filani was a wide receiver from 2003-2006 before heading to the NFL. Similarly, Harrell was a quarterback under Leach from 2004-2008, setting an NCAA record of 134 touchdown passes before he signed with NFL teams. Overlapping these two players, Littrell coached the running backs at Texas Tech from 2005-2008.

“I’m forever grateful to Mike Leach,” Littrell said in his introductory press conference at North Texas. “There’s not many guys who would believe in somebody and hire a young coach at a big-time university. He taught me a lot. Offensively, he knew exactly what he wanted to do.”

Harrell has helped coach Washington State’s redshirt junior Gabe Marks to an All-Pac-12 First Team selection, and senior redshirt Dom Williams to an 11-touchdown season.

Harrell will be the new offensive coordinator at North Texas while Filani will coach the receivers.

Though no official announcement has been made, reports indicate Dave Nichol, who was Texas Tech’s assistant offensive line coach from 2003-2005, could replace Harrell as WSU’s outside receivers coach.

Reporting by Casie Moe