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ASU Football: Lindsey has spoken with Georgia State about HC role, per report

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Chip Lindsey has had dialogue with Georgia State regarding its head coaching vacancy.

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According to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, Arizona State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Chip Lindsey has communicated with Georgia State regarding its vacant head-coaching role, and could be “in the mix” for the position at Troy should it become available.

Lindsey, who is coming off his first season in Tempe, joined Todd Graham’s coaching staff ahead of the 2016 campaign as a replacement for Mike Norvell, who accepted a head coaching gig at Memphis. Lindsey held the same roles at Southern Mississippi over the previous two years.

Lindsey and Graham’s connection exist via their mutual former colleague, Gus Malzahn, whom Lindsey served as an offensive analyst for at Auburn in 2013.

Considering Lindsey’s previous coaching experience, links to the Georgia State and Troy jobs aren’t too surprising.

The 42-year-old has previous experience coaching in the south, previously coaching in the high-school ranks at Lassiter (Ga.) for two seasons before joining Troy’s coaching staff in 2010 as a quarterbacks coach.

Southern Miss had offered Lindsey its head coaching job after Todd Monken left the post with the Golden Eagles to assume an offensive coordinator role with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Lindsey rejected the offer, and in addition to his $550,000 base salary was given a $100,000 pay increase as a result.

While the Sun Devils’ offense began the season in the upper realm of offensive statistic categories, the unit struggled as the year progressed, averaging 33.3 points per game.

Under Lindsey, the Sun Devils’ offense finished 81st in total offense in FBS, averaging 390.8 total yards per game, a much lower mark than its 477.4 total yards per contest mark which ranked 24th in the country in 2015.

ASU ranked 42nd in passing offense, averaging 259.3 pass yards per game (down from 298.5 in 2015), while ranking 112th in rushing offense amidst averaging 131.5 rush yards per game (down from 178.8 in 2015).

The Sun Devil offense did display significant improvement in the red zone under Lindsey, scoring on 91.5 percent of its 47 possessions inside of opponents’ 20-yard line, including 33 touchdowns. In 2015, ASU scored touchdowns on only 51.5 of its red-zone possessions, scoring on 87.5 percent of its chances.

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