Friday, February 10, 2012
Arizona State makes Ron West hire official
By ESPN.com staff
Arizona State has officially hired Ron West to its coaching staff, but the Sun Devils still haven't announced his -- or any other new assistants' -- responsibilities. It is presumed that West will be the Sun Devils' co-defensive coordinator with Paul Randolph, who was co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach last season at Pittsburgh.
West worked for ASU coach Todd Graham previously at Tulsa. New Mexico was his first job in the west.
West was hired away from New Mexico, where he'd been named defensive coordinator by new coach Bob Davie just a few weeks ago. He spent the previous two seasons at Illinois.
In 2011, the Fighting Illini finished seventh in the nation in total defense with West's linebackers helping to lead the charge, allowing just 286.15 total yards per game and holding its opponents to just 4.42 yards per play. Illinois was third in passing yards allowed per game at 162.31, and finished 26th in rushing yards allowed per game at 123.85.