Arizona State has struck a deal to make Oregon offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham the school’s next coach, sources told ESPN on Saturday.
Dillingham is en route to Arizona to take the job and the hiring will be announced Monday, sources said.
Dillingham is a 2012 graduate of the State of Arizona and a native of Arizona. He is a former high school coach in the state and began his college career in Arizona State in 2014 as an offensive assistant.
Dillingham, 32, becomes the youngest-ever coach of the Power Five. He replaces Herm Edwards, who was fired in September after a loss to Eastern Michigan and is exiting a program that went 3-9 after massive losses in the transfer portal and is under a major NCAA investigation.
Dillingham has worked as an offensive coordinator at Memphis, Auburn and Florida State, working for Mike Norvell and Gus Malzahn. His best work this year has been under first-year coach Dan Lanning, who came from the defensive side of the ball.
The Ducks have a top-five-scoring offense and Dillingham helped rejuvenate the career of quarterback Bo Nix, who was one of the best players in college football after an uneven career at Auburn.
Dillingham will take on one of the most challenging jobs in college football. Arizona State’s uncertain leadership, pending NCAA investigations, and emaciated roster make Dillingham’s task one of college football’s greatest.
Few rosters have been more negatively impacted by the transfer portal than ASU, and that talent drain was evident when ASU lost four straight games to end the season. The looming disclosure of the NCAA’s allegations has overshadowed the program.
ASU hit rock bottom this year with a 38-35 loss to Arizona, ending a five-game losing streak at Arizona State.
Part of the attraction to ASU officials has been Dillingham’s local ties, as the state of Arizona has begun to produce top talent.
https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/35117547/arizona-state-finalizing-deal-oregon-dillingham Arizona State to hire Oregon’s Kenny Dillingham