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Report: Kevin Sumlin offered Sun Devils job

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With Rich Rodriguez going to in-state rival Arizona and Mike Leach to Washington State, and with Chris Petersen rumored to be UCLA’s top target, Arizona State desperately needs to hit a home run in finding a replacement for Dennis Erickson if it expects to keep pace in the Pac-12 coaching arms race.

Reportedly, the Sun Devils have swung for the coaching fences.  Whether they connect or strikeout remains to be seen.

Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic is reporting that ASU has offered its head coaching job to Kevin Sumlin.  The current Houston coach has been connected to several openings this offseason, including this one, so the report comes as little surprise.

It remains unclear if Sumlin, whose Cougars will play this weekend for both a Conference USA title and a berth in a BcS bowl game, will accept the position.  One thing that’s likely quite certain is that neither Sumlin nor UH will be pleased with the report leaking two days before the championship game.

Earlier this week, Sumlin and athletic director Mack Rhoades confirmed that they have begun preliminary discussions on a revamped contract.  On Tuesday, Sumlin denied that he had been contacted by anyone about a job anywhere.

UPDATED 3:29 p.m. ET: A short time after we posted this piece, a source close to Sumlin emailed CFT to tell us that the report that Sumlin has been offered the ASU job is “completely false”.  In a followup email, the source acknowledged that he would not be surprised if there were an offer from ASU, as well as other schools, “at some point in the future.”

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19 Responses to “Report: Kevin Sumlin offered Sun Devils job”
  1. goblue714 says: Dec 1, 2011 3:24 PM

    Who?

  2. bozosforall says: Dec 1, 2011 3:32 PM

    goblue714 says:
    Dec 1, 2011 3:24 PM
    Who?

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    The guy whose team is ranked higher than yours.

  3. cmack21 says: Dec 1, 2011 3:34 PM

    Dont do it!

  4. bozosforall says: Dec 1, 2011 3:35 PM

    This guy has been rumored for bigger and better things for the past few years now. Excellent pedigree, not to mention the success that he has had in Conf USA so far in his current position. But if Houston does get into a BCS conference with an automatic qualifying bid, he may well decide to stay put. That way, he gets to not only be a big fish in a smaller pond, but that smaller pond has a direct path to getting to a NC game if he continues to have the same success that he is having now.

  5. goblue714 says: Dec 1, 2011 3:45 PM

    Pretty tough playing high school teams.

  6. goblue714 says: Dec 1, 2011 3:49 PM

    If boise state can’t get a title shot then how would houston high school get one?

  7. ancientcougar says: Dec 1, 2011 5:05 PM

    I wish Mr. Sumlin all the best; but let’s review how we got here. First he inherited Case Keenum. I don’t think he could have recruited him for Houston in the first place.( It’s a shame the Heisman voters don’t recognize how important he is to his team.) He was given a good program and I do gratefully admit that he has gotten the defensive side of the ball to at least to a point of respectability. Getting to the Big East will get the program to national prominence on a perennial basis.
    If he leaves, he won’t be able to take Kingsbury because Kingsbury will become the new UH coach. Looking at the sidelines, it looks like he really relates to the players and will do well recruiting the program to student athletes.
    Houston finds a way to make its mark in NCAA Sports history. Basketball first with Elvin Hayes vs Jabaar(Alcindor), Phi Slama Jama, Yeoman making history with the Veer offense, Run and Shoot with Jack Pardee and John Jenkins, the Heisman Winner Andre Ware, Taking over the SWC when first admitted and now Case Keenum with 12 wins looking for 13 and an invite to a BCS Bowl.

    This is our time with or without Sumlin; I hope it is with but we don’t make these decisions.

  8. vols84 says: Dec 1, 2011 7:11 PM

    Football scoop is saying a&M is buying out Sherman and going to offer Sumlin

  9. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Dec 1, 2011 7:26 PM

    It’s easy to win when you play gloried FCS teams and have an all-star QB for 7 yrs of college. How hard is it to develop a 30 yr college football player?

  10. bozosforall says: Dec 1, 2011 9:44 PM

    goblue714 says:
    Dec 1, 2011 3:45 PM
    Pretty tough playing high school teams.

    goblue714 says:
    Dec 1, 2011 3:49 PM
    If boise state can’t get a title shot then how would houston high school get one?
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    Lame comebacks, even coming from a Yooper like you.

  11. bozosforall says: Dec 1, 2011 9:45 PM

    cfbfaninbadnfltown says:
    Dec 1, 2011 7:26 PM
    It’s easy to win when you play gloried FCS teams and have an all-star QB for 7 yrs of college. How hard is it to develop a 30 yr college football player?

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    Ask BYU (several),FSU (Weinke), Oklahoma State (Weeden)…and wasn’t Drew Henson about 30 when he finally went back to college to play QB…at Michigan.

  12. goblue714 says: Dec 1, 2011 10:05 PM

    No henson left college to pursue a career in baseball. He never came back unfortunatly.

  13. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Dec 1, 2011 10:57 PM

    @ bozosforall

    Seriously those are the questions you came up with from my post? So to answer your questions.

    BYU never competes for anything and two of the three QB’s you mentioned were a complete bust in the NFL.

  14. goblue714 says: Dec 1, 2011 11:16 PM

    You can’t like your own post it’s unwritten rule.

  15. ancientcougar says: Dec 1, 2011 11:48 PM

    I do believe Keenum redshirted 1 year and got hurt 1 year. What is all the fuss about. I don’t think he is even 24.

  16. goblue714 says: Dec 2, 2011 12:14 AM

    I think keenum is a good QB but I remember all the other QBs from houston, they threw for alot yards but never played any good teams. Just like now.

  17. tradeassociation says: Dec 2, 2011 1:04 AM

    The folks who attribute Sumlin’s success to Case Keenum and Art Briles are silly. On Keenum, you guys speak as if Sumlin inherited a junior All-American or something. As Keenum had only started 7 games as a freshman before Sumlin got there, Sumlin deserves credit for coaching and developing Keenum.

    As for Briles, while he did turn Houston into a winning program, except for Keenum and 5 other starters (3 starting WRs, the starting center and a backup safety) all of the players on this 12-0 team are Sumlin recruits.

    I get it: a lot of folks are looking at how Houston went 5-7 without Keenum last year. Fine: ignore that 2 of those losses were to AQ schools (UCLA and Texas Tech, both on the road) and that they lost to Rice and UCF by 3 and 7 points (because of the bad defense, not the lack of Keenum) and also by 3 to Tulsa. It is difficult to blame losing 59-41 to Southern Miss (or for that matter 40-33 to UCF) on not having Keenum as opposed to terrible defense.

    And while Keenum and the WRs are great, make no mistake: the difference in Houston being 12-0 is their defense … they haven’t allowed anyone to get to 20 since October. And as stated earlier, it is the defensive side of the ball that has only 1 Briles player in the 2 deep.

  18. ancientcougar says: Dec 2, 2011 9:44 AM

    That is why Houston and Sumlin are a perfect fit.

  19. jaxsat says: Dec 2, 2011 10:24 AM

    Kevin Sumlin is not exactly “swinging for the fences”. He is the coach of HOUSTON for chrissakes…he will be another Turner Gill or Ty Willingham…

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