Earlier this season, Arizona State parted ways with Herm Edwards and is one of five power five teams that has cut ties with its head coach. Arizona State is considered an attractive landing spot and CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli explained why the program’s access to rookies in its backyard is appealing. He also dubbed the Florida State coach mike norvel as Arizona State’s dream candidate, but thinks of hiring Oregon’s offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham is more realistic.
“I think your dream candidate right now if you’re in the state of Arizona is mike norvel“, Fornelli said on CBS Sports HQ. “He was the offensive coordinator there for four years under Todd Graham which was the last time Arizona State’s football program was really anything good. Herm Edwards had a few very good seasons with the Sun Devils but never quite reached the Todd Graham levels. I also think after watching Herm Edwards teams score 17 points per game, Arizona State fans would probably like to see someone with an offensive past that can at least get them excited and put some points on the board and Norvell obviously has that.
“The problem is that Norvell won’t leave Florida State for Arizona State. So I think if I’m Arizona State, I need a young, fresh offensive mind. and I look Kenny Dillingham, who has moved around the country in recent years. Has been on some really good teams, he’s currently the offensive coordinator for Oregon, he’s from Arizona, he loves school, has privately expressed to some people that it’s one of those jobs dream. I think if Arizona State made the offer to Dillingham he would take it and I think he could do a great job there as a young coach, just bringing energy and excitement to a program that really needs it right now.”
Norvell is in his third season at Florida State and is off to a 4-1 (1-1 ACC) start to the season. Prior to this season, he was 8-13 in two seasons, but turned it around early on.
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“I think it’s very interesting work in that, as you mentioned, there’s so much potential in the program because Arizona is a state that already has a pretty strong talent base in the high school level,” Fornelli said. “That talent is actually improving and growing because we’ve seen over the last few years if you look at the demographics of the population, a lot of families from California have recently moved to Arizona. So you’re looking at the long-term potential of this program in When it comes to recruiting and high school football in this state, I think it will continue to improve.
“Now, of course, there are questions about where Arizona State will play football in the future. Will it stay in the Pac-12 or eventually join the Big 12? … This leaves some unanswered questions that could impact his overall ability to find his coach.”