Pac-12: Grady Stretz

Staff changes: Arizona State

March, 1, 2011
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Only Oregon and Washington didn't experience any staff turnover this offseason, so we're running through the staff changes for the other 10 Pac-12 teams.

Next up is Arizona State, which was relatively stable.

Team in parenthesis is where the departing coach ended up.

Out
Grady Stretz, defensive line (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

In
Scott Brown, defensive line

Reaction: The Sun Devils seem poised for a breakout season as the Pac-12 South favorite, so little turnover is a good thing, particularly when 19 starters are returning. Still, two of those departed starters are defensive tackles, so Brown will be in charge of the area with the most turnover this spring. Brown coached at Colorado State the past three years and was at Duke the previous 12.

Arizona State hires D-line coach

February, 17, 2011
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Scott Brown, who's coached the past four seasons at Colorado State, is Arizona State's new defensive line coach. He replaces Grady Stretz, who left to take the same position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brown, 59, was at Duke 12 years before arriving at Colorado State. He's also coached at Minnesota and TCU.

"Scott Brown brings a wealth of knowledge to Arizona State on coaching defensive line play," head coach Dennis Erickson said in a statement. "Everyone I spoke with talked about his work with the players and how much they learned from him. Scott will be a tremendous help to Craig Bray in our game planning during game week. I was extremely impressed with his ideas and concepts of a defense. He brings us so much more than just a position coach in that regard. He gave us a very impressive interview. Our defensive linemen, who met with Scott while he was on his interview, were very impressed with his style and his passion for the game. They were ready to play immediately."

Erickson also cited Brown's recruiting experience in Texas.

"He has recruited the state of Texas for 30 years," Erickson said. "He has extensive contacts there and not just in a certain area, but in the entire state of Texas. Trying to get into the state of Texas with no connections is difficult. With Scott's connections we will have instant credibility in that state."

The Arizona Republic reported that "Brown likely won't replace Stretz as recruiting coordinator. Those duties could fall to receivers coach Steve Broussard or running backs coach Bryce Erickson."

Arizona State loses D-line coach

February, 8, 2011
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Arizona State is looking for a new defensive line coach after Grady Stretz was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a school spokesman confirmed.

Stretz, who was also the Sun Devils recruiting coordinator, spent five seasons at ASU. He signed a three-year contract with the Buccaneers, according to the Arizona Republic, which includes a significant raise.

Whoever replaces Stretz inherits one of the few questionable positions for Arizona State, which welcomes back 19 starters and is the probable favorite in the Pac-12 South Division. Two of the three lost starters -- other than both specialists -- are at defensive tackle: Lawrence Guy, who opted to enter the NFL draft a year early, and Saia Falahola.

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