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New Mexico DC ends short stint with Lobos, goes to ASU

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A coaching casualty at Illinois, recently-hired New Mexico defensive coordinator Ron West has decided to pack up his bags and head a little further west.

The Albuquerque Journal reports through a UNM release that West, who joined Bob Davie‘s staff last month, has decided to take a co-defensive coordinator job at Arizona State under Todd Graham. West was the co-defensive coordinator for Tulsa in 2009 when Graham coached the Hurricanes, and would presumably share the DC duties with Paul Randolph, according to the Arizona Republic. 

“Over the weekend, Ron received an offer from Arizona State and accepted it,” Davie said in the release. “I’m disappointed, but I certainly understand the business aspect of this profession. Coach West made a decision he felt was best for his family, and we wish him the best of luck in the future.”

We could make a joke about the timing of West’s job hopping, especially as it involves Graham, but that would be too easy.

Davie said he has not found a replacement for West yet.

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3 Responses to “New Mexico DC ends short stint with Lobos, goes to ASU”
  1. pdcooper08 says: Feb 8, 2012 3:08 PM

    Sounds like a move up in money and job status.

  2. burntorangehorn says: Feb 8, 2012 4:19 PM

    West coached under Graham at Tulsa in 2009, and he’s been a pretty successful assistant in a lot of his past stops. He recruited and/or developed plenty of all-conference players and/or future NFL picks, like Gaines Adams, Phillip Merling, Eric Coleman, and Anthony Waters. He secured the commitment of the top overall HS recruit in 2008, Da’Quan Bowers, as well as another five-star guy in end/linebacker Ricky Sapp in 2006. He can obviously identify and bring the top talent, and apparently does something with it as well, because his defensive charges at Tulsa, Clemson, and Illinois all performed well statistically.

    Looks like he wasn’t too bad as an OL coach, either, as he had at least one all-conference honoree every season, including three in 1999 and 2000 and four in 2001. One of those linemen was center Kyle Young, who was a three-time all-ACC, two-time all-american, two time academic all-american, and two-time Rimington Award finalist.

  3. burntorangehorn says: Feb 8, 2012 4:49 PM

    Oh, he also put at least four OL in the NFL from those five years. There may have been more, but I found four guys. Not bad for five years.

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