Former Cal coach Sonny Dykes had emerged as a favorite to win the offensive coordinator position at Arizona State. Now, it appears that won’t happen. After mutual interest from both sides, talks broke down over what has only been described as a “family issue”, which prevented the deal from happening.
Dykes currently serves as an analyst at Texas Christian University and will remain there. He was let go from Cal at the end of the 2016 season after posting a paltry 5-7 record and managing only one winning season in four years. Prior to Cal, he’d coach Louisiana Tech to a 22-15 record over three years and a Poinsettia Bowl appearance.
Arizona State will now continue its search for an offensive coordinator elsewhere. While there is never a shortage of coaches available to a university looking to fill a vacancy, many of the head lining candidates have become employed elsewhere. Dykes was likely the best known commodity available to the Sun Devils, given that he had only worked at TCU for a week and a half.
Chip Lindsey left the job of offensive coordinator at Arizona State open after he took the same job at Auburn at the end of the football season.