Since 1997, Arizona State University has had only three seasons in which the Sun Devils football team has won 10 games.
Never again. And many times the Sun Devils have lost six, seven or eight games.
Don’t tell that to the college football coaching community. Don’t tell some of the country’s brightest football and athletics coaches.
“It’s the best work this cycle … right now,” said a prominent college football assistant coach with college football playoff experience.
Consensus ? Arizona State might be the best premier college football position in the current practice cycle.
Where do the Sun Devils stand, who fired Herm Edwards earlier this season amid lackluster performances and an ongoing NCAA investigation into what are seen as some of the most egregious recruiting violations of the COVID era? -19 from college football?
Well, no Arizona state roster starts without Kenny Dillingham. He’s a native of Phoenix, Arizona with deep, direct ties to the Sun Devils program and he orchestrated one of college football’s best offenses week after week after a season-opening loss to Georgia, the best ranked, in Dan Lanning’s very first game. as head coach.
An ASU graduate who also coached prep football at Chaparral, Arizona’s powerhouse, Dillingham also previously coached at his alma mater, Arizona State, and has coordinated offenses now at Memphis. , Florida and Oregon.
Who else was mentioned besides Dillingham? Former University of Houston and University of Texas coach Tom Herman, fired from the Longhorns job in controversy, has emerged as a viable candidate for the Sun Devils and several other openings this cycle.
Additionally, former NFL star Deion Sanders, the College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee who guided Jackson State to a 22-2 record in its last 24 games in as a head coach at the football championship subdivision level, also got some traction with the Arizona State job.
Now, could an NFL assistant coach fit ASU or even former BYU and Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall? Maybe.
But it appears ASU has focused on a narrower search.
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