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Nothing is surprising in the coaching profession, as a "familiar" face returns to the Sun Devil football staff.
UPDATE, 12:54pm Jan. 5:
It seems that the CoachingSearch.com report may have been premature.
DevilsDigest.com reports that the search is still underway.
The reports that Chris Thomsen being hired as ASU RBs coach are incorrect. Todd Graham still interviewing candidates— Devils Digest (@DevilsDigest) January 5, 2013
None of candidates for ASU RBs coach has been offered the job— Devils Digest (@DevilsDigest) January 5, 2013
The continuing joys of a coaching search. We did not miss this from last December.
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On December 16th of last year, Arizona State head coach hired Chris Thomsen as his running backs coach.
On February 2nd, just six weeks later, Thomsen left to become the offensive line coach at Texas Tech.
Three days ago, Larry Porter, who was hired to replace Thomsen as ASU's running backs coach, left for the same job at Texas.
Now, it seems, Thomsen is back.
According to report from CoachingSearch.com, Graham has added Thomsen to his staff.
Breaking: Todd Graham has hired a new running backs coach. You won't believe who! What a profession! bit.ly/xpkQEX— Pete Roussel (@coachingsearch) January 5, 2013
What a profession indeed.
Regardless of his frequent flyer miles, Thomsen does bring an impressive resume to Tempe.
Before coming to ASU the first time, Thomsen was the head coach at Division II Abilene Christian, where he led the team to a 47-15 mark over his last six seasons, and won the Lone Star Conference South Division Coach of the Year award four times. His teams annually featured dynamic offenses, including a game in which ACU scored 93 points.
At Texas Tech, he coached the offensive line until December 10th, when he was named the team's interim head coach after Tommy Tuberville left to take the head coaching job at Cincinnati. He guided the Red Raiders to a Meineke Car Care Bowl win over Minnesota on December 29th.
If this report should come to fruition, it seems to have the makings of a potentially good hire. For how long...that's the real question.