CBS Sports details what makes the Arizona State job attractive, but also risky
Five weeks into the college football season, five Power Five head coaches have been fired.
Nebraska got things started by dismissing coach Scott Frost after the team’s Week 2 loss to Georgia Southern. Arizona State was next to jump on the coaching carousel by parting ways with Herm Edwards after a home loss to Eastern Michigan. A week later, Geoff Collins was canned at Georgia Tech. After this past weekend’s slate of games, Colorado fired Karl Dorrell and Wisconsin bought out Paul Chryst.
We’re seeing more and more coaching movement as the business of college football gets flush with cash, and we’re seeing the carousel spin up earlier and earlier it seems. With teams wanting to give themselves as much time as possible to search for a candidate, woo that candidate, and then give that coach enough time to salvage a recruiting class before the Early Signing Period closes, we’ll probably continue to see underperforming coaches get axed and teams join the carousel.
So how does each job compare in terms of attractiveness?
Arizona State wants a coach that can revitalize a program, but it also knows the looming NCAA investigation doesn’t help its pitch. CBS Sports’ Shehan Jeyarajah recently ranked the open P5 jobs, and he has Arizona State right in the middle.
Here’s what Jeyarajah wrote on the position:
Arizona State is Rorscach Job. Some see a party school in a sunny city that should be able to recruit with ease. Others see a program without an outright conference championship since 1996 that has only strung together back-to-back bowl wins once since 1987. The difference in perspective makes the Arizona State job one of the most intriguing on the board. Two factors complicate the situation: Athletic director Ray Anderson was tied deeply with fired coach Herm Edwards, so it’s unclear whether Anderson will be the one making the next hire. Additionally, the somewhat tenuous position of the Pac-12 makes the future look murky. Still, the resources and upside are high enough to make this an intriguing job.
It’ll be interesting to see who the Sun Devils target and ultimately find to replace Edwards. Of course, interim coach Shaun Aguano has certainly made it clear he’s auditioning for the permanent gig, steering into the local angle hard since being elevated.