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.
UPDATE: While an offensive coordinator hire is expected to take place before signing day it appears unlikely that it will occur tomorrow— DevilsDigest.com (@DevilsDigest) January 27, 2017
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.