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ASU Football: Sonny Dykes on Sun Devils’ radar for vacant offensive coordinator job

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The Arizona State Sun Devils are strongly considering naming former California head coach Sonny Dykes as their new offensive coordinator, according to multiple reports.

Dykes — who was reportedly hired as an offensive analyst for Texas Christian earlier this month following his prior firing from Cal after three seasons — is in the mix to replace Chip Lindsey, who recently vacated his roles as ASU’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach to fill the same duties at Auburn.

At Cal, Dykes implemented a version of the pass-heavy Air Raid offensive scheme, which would counter the philosophy of head coach Todd Graham, who principally incorporates a run-first offense.

Alongside Dykes, the Sun Devils are mulling the possibility of elevating wide receivers coach Rob Likens and assistant head coach and offensive line Josh Henson as co-offensive coordinators.

Both Likens and Henson were hired earlier this offseason and hold previous offensive coordinating experience. Likens most recently held the position while at Kansas from 2015-16. Henson served in the role at Missouri from 2013-15.

There was a rumored chance ASU could have zeroed in on its hire for offensive coordinator as early as Friday, but the notion has since been redrawn.

It shouldn’t be much longer before the Sun Devils name a new offensive coordinator though, as National Signing Day (Feb. 1) is now less than a week away.

UPDATE: Due to family concerns, Dykes is no longer under consideration for ASU’s offensive coordinator job.