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ASU Football: Slater named DL coach, as Likens, Simon promoted

Todd Graham’s staff is taking full shape.

NCAA Football: Washington at Arizona State Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Spring football is right around the corner, and Arizona State’s coaching staff is all but complete.

In addition to Rob Sale joining the program as its new offensive line coach, the Sun Devils brought in Michael Slater to coach their defensive line unit. Both hires were officially announced Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, it was reported Sales had accepted the job, leaving his post at Louisiana-Monroe.

Meanwhile, Slater will replace outgoing defensive line coach Joe Seumalo after previously coaching at Kansas last season. Prior to joining the Jayhawks’ staff, he served as a graduate assistant at Rice from 2009-11, before getting promoted as the Owls’ defensive line coach, serving in such capacity from 2012-15.

Simultaneously to adding two new assistants, head coach Todd Graham also elevated running backs coach John Simon to assistant head coach, and promoted wide receivers coach Rob Likens to co-offensive coordinator.

Likens was hired by the Sun Devils this offseason from California, while Simon has one year under his belt as an ASU assistant.

The Sun Devils begin spring practices on Monday, March 13.