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Arizona State eyes Kenny Dillingham as coach: Sun Devils finalizing deal to hire Oregon offensive coordinator

Arizona State is finalizing a deal to name Oregon offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham its next football coach, sources confirmed to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd. Dillingham, an Arizona State alum, has overseen a Ducks offense that has fielded one of the most productive units in the country this season, averaging 511.2 yards per game (No. 3 in the FBS), 7.07 yards per play (No. 5 in the FBS) and 40.2 points per game (No. 4 in the FBS). 

Dillingham takes over the program after Arizona State fired Herm Edwards earlier this season amid a 1-2 start and ongoing investigation into illegal recruiting practices during the COVID-19 dead period. 

Though just 32 years old, Dillingham is a Scottsdale native and has risen through the coaching ranks quickly thanks to getting started in the Arizona high school ranks at a young age. He graduated from Arizona State in 2012, and was hired by then-offensive coordinator Mike Norvell to be an offensive staffer for the Sun Devils in 2014. The Norvell relationship continued with assistant stints at Memphis (2016-18) and Florida State (2020-21) with a one-year stop at Auburn in between. 

When Oregon coach Dan Lanning arrived as Ducks coach in December 2021, he moved quickly to bring Dillingham on board, knowing his expertise as a former co-worker from their time together at Memphis. The same reasons that Dillingham was such an attractive candidate for the Ducks to pull back out to the Pac-12 as an offensive coordinator also apply to the Sun Devils, who will now turn their program over to a native son in the midst of a much-needed reboot.  

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Dillingham would become the youngest active Power Five coach if the hire is finalized. Interestingly enough, he’s taking that title from Lanning,…


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Author : Chip Patterson

Publish date : 2022-11-27 02:35:44

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