Arizona State University president Michael Crow joined KTAR News 92.3’s The Mike Broomhead Show this week to talk about the vacant head coaching job for the Sun Devil football program, and dropped a nugget that ASU is committed to expanding its investment in the program under the next regime.

After a loss to Eastern Michigan in Week 3, Arizona State announced it had parted ways with head coach Herm Edwards. In the weeks since, a number of names have thrown out in relation to the open job. Some believe Arizona State — with its foothold in rich recruiting territory — can be better than it has been.

When Arizona State hired Edwards in 2017, he was almost a decade removed from coaching in the NFL and had been working as an ESPN analyst. Not exactly a big-name hire you might expect from a “dormant power.” What will ASU do this time? Crow admitted on The Mike Broomhead Show he gets asked about Jackson State coach Deion Sanders.

What he said next was pretty revelatory.

“I get a lot of messages about Deion and Deion seems to be in just his early age of learning how to be a coach,” Crow said. “We’re going to find the most fantastic football coach that we can. I can tell you one thing: ASU football is very important to me. We’ve tried some experiments. They’ve worked a little bit. They haven’t worked in other ways.

“We’re going to now move forward. We’re going to expand our investments. We’re going to take full advantage of all the opportunities that the state of flux is providing in the way college football is being run. And we’re going to regroup and move forward to victory. That’s the only method that we’ve got here.”

You can listen to the full interview here.