As reported by Sun Devil Source, just one day after Klayton Adams announced he would be staying in the NFL ranks as the Colts assistant offensive line coach, Herm Edwards swiftly tabbed longtime college offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh to take over the vacant position.
Cavanaugh, who served the last three seasons as Syracuse’s offensive line coach, originally interviewed for the job prior to Adams being selected.
His coaching resume is extensive, featuring 22 seasons coaching in the FBS on top of a brief stint in the NFL during the late 1990’s. His stops include Hawaii, Oregon State and Nebraska before arriving at Syracuse in 2018.
A true position coach, Cavanaugh hasn’t held a title other than offensive line coach in his career. For ASU, he’ll also be in charge of coordinating the run game.
Adams quick pivot was due to Indianapolis giving him a larger offer to remain with the organization.
His intent to join the Sun Devils was genuine, but the Colts felt the need to retain Adams following the departure of their offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni to become head coach in Philadelphia.
Cavanaugh is poised to take over an ASU offensive line unit that had a very successful abbreviated 2020 season. The Sun Devils led the PAC-12 in rushing yards per game, and ranked second in sacks allowed.