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Daily Devil Dish: Sarkisian fired at USC, ASU softball coach resigns

Coaching news, from Los Angeles to Columbia to Tempe, dominated Monday's news cycle. We break that down, and more, in this edition of the Daily Devil Dish.

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New student section comes with benefits, challenges - This feature takes a look at the brand new "Double Inferno" at Sun Devil Stadium. The relocation of the student section has presented some initial challenges, however both the players and coaches seem to like the move.

Sun Devils in favorable position heading into No. 4 Utah - Head coach Todd Graham and quarterback Mike Bercovici met with the media on Monday and they both like how the team is rounding into form heading into their toughest game to date.

College Football

Two coaching moves, both coming from a USC, headlined yesterday's news. First came the announcement from Los Angeles that Steve Sarkisian had been fired, just one day after the university had said the coach would be taking a leave of absence. While there are plenty of reports out there detailing Sarkisian's problems with alcohol, this one from Inside USC should interest Arizona State fans the most.

Later on Monday we learned that South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier would be resigning, effective immediately. The Head Ball Coach was midway through his 11th season in Columbia when he decided to step down.

ASU Softball

Sun Devil softball coach Craig Nicholson resigned yesterday for medical reasons. Nicholson amassed an impressive 132-46-1 record in his three years at the helm of the program. Assistant coaches will be taking over the team in 2016, and a new coach will be hired after the season.

ASU Volleyball

An MRI has confirmed the worst; Arizona State hitter Macey Gardner's college career has come to an end after suffering multiple injuries to her left knee on Friday. The senior tore an ACL and a meniscus (in addition to spraining an MCL) while attempting a kill last week against Washington. The maroon and gold suffered their first loss of the season that night against the Huskies, then fell to 15-2 two days later at Washington State.

ASU Football

This piece from AZ Central takes a look at just how tough the Ute running game has been so far this season. Something will have to give on Saturday night in Salt Lake City as the Sun Devils rank second in the Pac-12 for rushing defense.