This past summer, Arizona State head coach Todd Graham told the media that this year’s Sun Devil’s team was the best he had ever coached and developed.
He’s probably got a good case to make after watching his No. 12 ASU team move to 10-2 on the season by crushing rival Arizona, 58-21, on Saturday night in Tempe.
The Sun Devils jumped out to a 27-0 lead on the Wildcats (7-5) and, except for a brief span early in the third quarter, the outcome was never in doubt from that point on.
Taylor Kelly passed for 274 yards and two touchdowns and D.J. Foster rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns to lead ASU. Receiver Jaelen Strong had a game-high 142 receiving yards and moved his season totals to 69 catches for 1,067 and seven scores, making him a strong candidate for Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year.
Arizona quarterback B.J. Denker struggled against ASU, throwing three interceptions while completing just 50 percent of his passes. He did have 87 rushing yards, adding to tailback Ka’Deem Carey’s 157 yards on 32 carries, the tailback’s 15th-straight 100-yard game.
But ASU was too much for Arizona tonight. For all the talk of Oregon and Stanford at the start of the year, UCLA in the middle and USC toward the end, it is ASU who might be the hottest team in the league right now and Graham who might be its Coach of the Year.
And we’ll know just how good this team is when it hosts No. 8 Stanford in next weekend’s Pac-12 title game.
Nick Saban‘s latest reshaping of his coaching will reportedly come at the expense of a Big Ten school.
Earlier Thursday, a report surfaced that Mike Locksley was being promoted by Saban to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. As Locksley served as Alabama’s wide receivers coach this past season, it left Saban in search of a new coach for that positional group.
According to FootballScoop.com, that search has ended as Penn State’s Josh Gattis is expected to take the job. Gattis will also serve as the Tide’s co-offensive coordinator.
A couple of other outlets confirmed the initial report.
Gattis had spent the past six seasons on James Franklin-led coaching staff, the first two at Vanderbilt and the last four at Penn State. In addition to receivers coach, Gattis held the title of passing-game coordinator and assistant special teams coordinator with the Nittany Lions.
Frank Wilson is adding a very experienced voice to his offensive staff at UT-San Antonio.
UT confirmed in a press release Friday morning that Al Borges has been hired as the Roadrunners’ new offensive coordinator. The 36-year coaching veteran will also serve as the team’s quarterback coach.
Borges had spent the 2017 season as an offensive analyst at Auburn.
“I am thrilled to be able to announce the hiring of Al Borges as our new offensive coordinator,” Wilson said in a statement. “Al Borges has a masterful offensive mind and a coaching style that takes advantage of the talent and skillset of the players on the roster. His unique ability to develop quarterbacks is second to none. Our coaching staff got better today.”
Prior to the one-year stint at Auburn, Borges had been an offensive coordinator at the FBS level for most of the previous 24 years. Those stints included time at San Jose State (2015-16), Michigan (2011-13), San Diego State (2009-10), Auburn (2004-07), Indiana (2002-03), Cal (2001), UCLA (1996-2000), Oregon (1995) and Boise State (1993-94).
Twice, Borges has been named as a finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach.
This is certainly an abrupt and unexpected development.
In a rather brief and terse press release, Purdue announced that Tony Levine is no longer a member of Jeff Brohm‘s (pictured) Boilermakers coaching staff. Per the school, Levine will be pursuing unspecified opportunities outside of the coaching profession.
Below is the text of the release, in its entirety:
Purdue head football coach Jeff Brohm announced today that assistant coach Tony Levine has resigned to pursue opportunities outside of coaching.
The loss of Levine leaves a rather sizable hole for Brohm to fill. Not only was the 45-year-old assistant the team’s co-offensive coordinator, but he served as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach as well. Levine had just completed his first season with the Boilermakers.
Levine was the head coach at Houston from 2011-14 and the special teams coordinator/tight ends coach at Western Kentucky prior to coming to West Lafayette.
Nick Saban has found his fourth offensive coordinator in 14 months, and he didn’t have to go very far do so.
With rumors swirling around a certain disgraced former SEC head coach, signs had seemingly been pointing to Saban possibly, or even likely staying in-house for his next Alabama coordinator on the offensive side of the ball. According to Chris Low of ESPN.com, the head coach plans to do just that as Mike Locksley is expected to be promoted to offensive coordinator. It’s expected Locksley will assume responsibilities as the Tide’s quarterbacks coach as well.
Locksley would replace Brian Daboll, who left after one season in Tuscaloosa for the same job with the Buffalo Bills earlier this month.
Locksley has spent the past two seasons with the Crimson Tide, the first as an offensive analyst and last year as co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.
The former New Mexico head coach last served as a coordinator at Maryland from 2012-15. He also spent three seasons (2006-08) in the same job at Illinois.