On Tuesday, Arizona State made official two moves, one expected and the other a bit of a surprise.
First, head coach Todd Graham announced that he was shifting recently hired assistant Chris Thomsen to coach the offensive line spot vacated by Bob Connelly, and replacing Thomsen at running backs coach with his son Bo. Prior to this move, Bo had served as ASU's On-Campus recruiting Coordinator
"Bo is a young, up-and-coming coach who has been around the great game of football his entire life," says Graham. "He coached a career 3,000-yard rusher at Tulsa and he connects very well with today's players. He is an excellent recruiter and we will take advantage of that by having him on the road in recruiting."
While serving as Tulsa's running backs coach under his dad, Bo oversaw very productive units in 2007 and 2008, with the Golden Hurricane leading the nation in total offense each year, including a No. 5 finish in rushing in 2008. He coached the exceedingly productive backfield tandem of Tarrion Adams (over 3,000 career yards) and Charles Clay.
The other move saw ASU name Sherman Morris as Assistant Athletics Director for Recruiting. For the last six years, Morris has been the Director of Player Personnel at LSU.
During his time in Baton Rouge, Morris oversaw a powerhouse recruiting program that twice produced Recruiter of the Year winners, as well as the nation's top-ranked class in 2009. He brings top-notch leadership and a keen eye for the expanding use of technology to Tempe.