Arizona State’s latest job that ‘might be the best job in college football this cycle’
Since 1997, Arizona State University has had just three seasons where the Sun Devils’ football team has won 10 games.
Never again. And many times the Sun Devils lost six, seven or eight games.
Don’t tell the college football coaching community. Don’t tell some of the nation’s brightest football coaches and track and field coaches.
“This is the best job in this cycle … right now,” said a prominent college football assistant coach with college football playoff experience.
Consensus? Arizona State might be the best job in college football in the current coaching cycle.
How will things fare with the Sun Devils, who fired Herm Edwards earlier this season amid poor performances and an ongoing NCAA investigation into what is considered one of the most egregious recruiting violations in college football in the COVID-19 era?
Well, no Arizona State roster starts without Kenny Dillingham. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, he has deep and immediate ties to the Sun Devils program, and he orchestrated one of the premier offenses in college football week after week after a season-opening loss to top-rated Georgia in Dan Lanning’s first game as head coach.
An ASU graduate who also coached prep football at Arizona powerhouse Chaparral, Dillingham also previously coached at his alma mater, Arizona State, and 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 by the Longhorns amid some controversy, has emerged as a viable candidate for the Sun Devils and several other jobs this cycle.
Also, former NFL star Deion Sanders, a member of the College Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame, who led Jackson State to a 22-2 record in his last 24 games as a head coach at the Football Championship Subdivision level. some traction with the Arizona State job.
Now, could an NFL assistant coach fit the bill at ASU, or even former BYU and Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall? It is possible.
But ASU appears to have focused on a narrower search.
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