According to multiple reports, Arizona State Sun Devils offensive line coach Chris Thomsen accepted a job with Texas Christian University on Saturday.
Thomsen’s time in Tempe comes to an end after four seasons. He returns to his alma mater in Fort Worth, Texas, where he played football (1988-90) and baseball (1991), earning recognition as TCU’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1991.
Prior to joining Todd Graham’s ASU staff in 2013, Thomsen held previous coaching experience serving as an offensive line coach at Central Arkansas (2003-04), head coach at Abilene Christian (2005-11), and offensive line coach at Texas Tech (2012). (His stint at Texas Tech included one game in which he served as the Red Raiders’ interim head coach during the 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl.)
Thomen’s new role with the Horned Frogs has yet to be determined, although the move notably occurs following TCU co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham left for Kansas.
Oklahoma State offensive analyst Josh Henson is expected to be named the Sun Devils’ new offensive line coach.
Henson served as a tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at both Oklahoma State (2001-04) and Louisiana State (2005-08), as well as an offensive coordinator, offensive line coach and tight ends coach during his time at Missouri (2009-15), before he joined Mike Gundy’s staff as an offensive analyst at Oklahoma State for one season.
An official announcement surrounding Henson’s position is expected to come within the next week. His hiring would mark the third coaching hire ASU has made this offseason following the additions of Rob Likens (wide receivers coach) and Phil Bennett (defensive coordinator).
The Sun Devils will have one more hire to make ahead of the new season at tight ends coach following DelVaughn Alexander’s recent move to Notre Dame.
Another addition will ensure at least seven members of Graham’s current coaching staff have spent two or fewer seasons at ASU entering the 2017 campaign.