Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Ron West to Arizona State?
By ESPN.com staff
It appears that Arizona State is going West to find a co-defensive coordinator, according to a report.
Former Illinois assistant Ron West, who was named New Mexico's defensive coordinator just last month by new Lobos coach Bob Davie, is headed to Tempe, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
"Over the weekend, Ron received an offer from Arizona State and accepted it," Davie said in a statement to the newspaper. "I'm disappointed but I certainly understand the business aspect of this profession. Coach West made a decision he felt was best for his family, and we wish him the best of luck in the future."
West worked for ASU coach Todd Graham previously at Tulsa. New Mexico was his first job in the west.
While the Sun Devils haven't announced specific responsibilities for their assistant coaches, Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic reports that "West likely will share defensive coordinating duties with Paul Randolph, who was co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach last season at Pittsburgh."
House of Sparky points out that "West's hiring would have completed Graham's staff, but last week running backs coach Chris Thomsen left Tempe to take over the offensive line coaching duties at Texas Tech."