It has been a rough six weeks for the Arizona State Sun Devils football program and its fans. What started out as such a promising season has ended in disappointing, underachieving fashion.
The Sun Devils were 6-2 and well on their way to winning the Pac-12 South division and playing in the inaugural Pac-12 championship game. However, after locking up bowl eligibility, the Sun Devils lost focus and proceeded to lose the final four games of the season. No Pac-12 South title. No BCS bowl. Another disappointing season under Dennis Erickson.
On November 28, Erickson was given the pink slip. Sun Devil nation finally had something to relieve some of the frustration from a disheartening season. Now Lisa Love and company will go out and get us a big name. Someone who will finally elevate the program to new heights. A coach who will make Arizona State football relevant on a national level.
Not so fast...
This is where the disappointment has returned for the Sun Devil faithful. The coaching search has been an embarrassment, as described by Bleacher Report’s own Chris Green here. Aside from barely even trying with Houston’s Kevin Sumlin, the Arizona State athletic department had an offer on the table with SMU’s June Jones, only to withdraw it at the last minute with no real explanation.
Since the negotiations with Jones broke down, fans have been subject to seeing a different name pop up almost daily for the head coach position. Meanwhile, football programs around the nation are signing big-name coaches. Mike Leach to Washington State. Jim L. Mora to UCLA. Larry Fedora to UNC.
Is ASU going to wait until all of the big names are gone? Does it have a name in its hip pocket that it is not letting the press know about? Only time will tell, but in the meantime let’s take a look at some of the options still out there for the Sun Devils' coaching vacancy.