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Arizona State looking for offensive help

12/17/2009

Arizona State signed a highly rated junior college receiver Wednesday, but the bigger question is who will be coaching him because the Sun Devils are still searching for an offensive coordinator.

There has been speculation -- see latter portion of linked story from the Arizona Republic -- that coach Dennis Erickson might bring Tim Lappano back to the Pac-10.

Lappano and Erickson have a long coaching relationship. They've worked together at Idaho, Wyoming, Washington State and Oregon State and with Seattle and San Francisco in the NFL -- just about every Erickson coaching stop other than the Miami Hurricanes and Arizona State. Before joining the Detroit Lions staff as tight ends coach, Lappano was Tyrone Willingham's offensive coordinator at Washington.

Lappano obviously has experience running the shotgun spread offense Erickson prefers, but he also adopted a spread-option scheme when he coached Jake Locker at Washington.

Whoever gets the job, he will oversee a quarterback competition this spring between Michigan transfer Steven Threet, sophomore Brock Osweiler and junior Samson Szakacsy as the Sun Devils try to reverse consecutive seasons of offensive struggles that have left them at home during the bowl season.