Category: Arizona State Sun Devils

Arizona State head coach Todd Graham yells during the second half of the Cactus Bowl NCAA college football game against West Virginia, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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OC Chip Lindsey expected to eschew S. Miss head job, stay at Ariz. St.

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It appears Todd Graham may not have to far losing yet another offensive coordinator after all.

Reports surfaced Monday indicating that Arizona State offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey was “engaged in significant discussion” regarding the head-coaching job at Southern Miss.  That position came after Todd Monken, Lindsey’s former boss, abruptly left over the weekend to take an offensive coordinator job in the NFL.

It was expected that Lindsey would make a decision in 24 hours or so.  Based on one well-placed report, the decision has been made.

On Twitter as well, Lindsey seemed to indicate that he would be staying with the Sun Devils as well.

Lindsey was hired away from Southern Miss this past December to replace Mike Norvell, who left to become the head coach at Memphis. Lindsey had spent the past two seasons as Monken’s coordinator before leaving for the Sun Devils.

SEC, Ohio State tops on Carolina, Denver Super Bowl rosters

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 29:  Former Tennesse quarterback Peyton Manning and current quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts is honored alongside his former college coach Phillip Fulmer before the start of the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks on October 29, 2005 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Cam Newton may be hurtling toward history, but the former Auburn quarterback will not be the lone player representing the SEC in next month’s Super Bowl.  In fact, he’s far, far from it.

As you may have heard, Newton’s Carolina Panthers are set to square off with Peyton Manning‘s Denver Broncos in the 50th Super Bowl Feb. 3.  Manning and Newton are two of and FBS-best 30 former SEC players who are on the two teams’ rosters, which includes those on the 53-man, reserved/injured list, practice squad, reserved/suspended by commissioner and reserve/future squad.

The Pac-12 is next with 23, followed by the Big Ten (21) and ACC (17).  The final Power Five conference, the Big 12, has 10, three less than the Mountain West’s 13.  The AAC, with eight, is the only Group of Five league to come close to double digits.  The MAC, meanwhile, is the only conference to be shutout, while all of the other divisions in the NCAA combined for 18 players.

Nearly every SEC team is represented in this year’s big game, the lone exception being Vanderbilt.  Of the dozen schools in the Pac-12, only Arizona and Washington State are missing.  Both the ACC and Big Ten have 11 of their 14 teams in the game, the lone exceptions being Clemson, Louisville and Virginia Tech for the former and Illinois, Minnesota and Rutgers for the latter.

One of those B1G schools that’s in, Nebraska, has had at least one player on a Super Bowl roster for 23 straight years, the longest active streak for any FBS program.

Ohio State easily outdistances individual schools with seven, three more than the four each for Auburn, Georgia Tech, Oregon State and Tennessee.  Alabama, Arizona State, Colorado State, Georgia, Nevada, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas A&M, USC and Utah.

A total of 20 schools have two players each, including Coastal Carolina, the only non-FBS program in the group.  The other 19 includes Arkansas, Boise State, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, San Diego State, South Carolina, Stanford, Troy, Tulane, Washington and Wisconsin.

Arizona State might lose another OC to FBS head-coaching job

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 25:  Head coach Todd Graham of the Arizona State Sun Devils reacts during the second half of play against the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The Arizona State Sun Devils won the game 24-10. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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Todd Graham has already lost one offensive coordinator during the latest spinning of the coaching carousel, with Mike Norvell leaving to become the head coach at Memphis.  Now, Graham could be losing Norvell’s replacement.

Coming off the surprising announcement this weekend that Todd Monken had left his job as head coach at Southern Miss for a position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Now, FootballScoop.com is reporting, Graham’s new offensive coordinator, Chip Lindsey, has been “engaged in significant discussions” to replace Monken.

From the coaching website:

Lindsey, sources tell FootballScoop, is weighing the option including considering the ramifications of the timing of accepting the opportunity. There is a possibility, we hear, of this lingering a bit longer than expected but will be pressure to make it happen.

Lindsey was hired away from Southern Miss to replace Norvell this past December. Lindsey had spent the past two seasons as Monken’s coordinator before leaving for the Sun Devils.

The Southern Miss job would be Lindsey’s first at the collegiate level in a coaching career that stretches back to 1997.

Arizona State’s Murphy-Richardson dismissed following arrest

TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 26:  Cody Kessler #6 of the Southern California Trojans throws the ball away while being tackled by Ismael Murphy-Richardson #17 of the Arizona State University Sun Devils during the second half at Sun Devil Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. Trojans won 42-14. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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After a few eerily quiet days on the legal front, a member of the Arizona State football program has come along to right those wrongs.  Or wrong those rights.  Whatever.

Regardless, Ismael Murphy-Richardson is the latest to trigger a resetting of the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker, with the ASU redshirt freshman charged with fraudulent use of a credit card. Not only was the linebacker arrested, but he was also dismissed from Todd Graham‘s football program because of the incident.

Back in mid-December,  Sun Devils safety Jayme Otomewo and defensive tackle Deonte Reynolds were arrested after, allegedly, unlawfully entering a residence at an off-campus student housing complex.  Both players were allegedly caught with stolen credit cards pilfered from the residence, and were charged with one count each of second-degree burglary.  Both were dismissed from the program.

According to the Arizona Republic, Murphy-Richardson’s arrest appears to be connected to that incident.

Last month, ASU Police arrested sophomore defensive back Jayme Otomewo and defensive tackle Deonte Reynolds on theft and burglary charges. … In that police report, an ASU student told campus police that she noticed someone listed as “Ishmael” looking through the wallets of three female students in an apartment. Murphy-Richardson was not initially charged.

As noted by the Republic, Murphy-Richardson is the fifth Sun Devil to be arrested in the past year. In addition to the incident from which three of the arrests stemmed, touted JUCO signee Davon Durant was charged following a domestic incident with his girlfriend, while George Lea was arrested for allegedly using a BB-gun to threaten a teammate.  Durant left the program and ultimately ended up at Marshall, while Lea was suspended for the entire 2015 season.

Ishmael-Richardson played in 12 games this season — he was suspended for the opener because of unspecified violations of team rules — and recorded 2.5 sacks.  He was being viewed as a potential, or even likely starter in 2016 before the off-field incident.

Todd Graham takes blame for Arizona State’s mismanagement in Cactus Bowl

Arizona State head coach Todd Graham yells during the second half of the Cactus Bowl NCAA college football game against West Virginia, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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For those who stayed up late enough to experience Pac-12 bowl action after dark on Saturday night and into the early Sunday hours, you were witness to some poor game management by Arizona State and head coach Todd Graham. Arizona State (6-7) lost to West Virginia (8-5) in the Cactus Bowl in Phoenix, 43-42, in part because Graham opted to kick an extra point to build a late six-point lead. Given the offensive trends in the game and the timing of the situation, going for two points was an easy call, and Graham blew it.

It’s my fault,” Graham said, accepting blame for the kicking of an extra-point instead of opting for a two-point conversion attempt with 4:56 to play. “We have a chart in the (coaches) box that we go by. We’re supposed to be going for two. We didn’t. Mismanagement on my part. That’s my responsibility.”

“Ball was snapped, kicked the extra point, tried to call a timeout. We had several things like that today. Not much to say about that—just mismanagement.”

There was more mismanagement, as Graham calls it, in the fourth quarter that resulted in a burned timeout. Arizona State’s Zane Gonzalez kicked a 48-yard field goal to pull the Sun Devils to within one point of the Mountaineers in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. Before the ensuing kickoff, Graham called for a timeout because Graham wanted to attempt an onsides kick but the wrong kickoff team was on the field.

“We were fixing to do an onside kick and we didn’t have the right personnel on the field,” he said. “Another mismanagement deal.”

That was quite a blunder of its own. The mistakes were there all night for Graham and the Sun Devils, such as a delay of game penalty on the first play of a drive, a false start penalty on third down that likely killed another drive that ended in a missed 40-yard field goal, and the list goes on.

Of course, you knew it wouldn’t be Arizona State’s night when plays like this were happening for West Virginia…

You can blame Graham for much more than those mental and coaching blunders (and one Arizona outlet is already calling it the lowest point of Graham’s career at Arizona State). Arizona State’s defense was ripped to shreds by Dana Holgorsen‘s West Virginia offense. The Mountaineers totaled 676 yards of offense, including 532 yards through the air by Skyler Howard (five touchdowns as well) with receivers Shelton Gibson and Ka’Raun White each going off for 100-yard nights 29 first downs.

It gets tiring watching coaches getting paid big money make such silly mistakes the way Graham made them last night.