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Arizona State Coaching Search Circus: Latest Rumblings

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback coach Mark Whipple talks with quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Tommy Maddox during a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 31st, 2005. The Steelers defeated the Ravens 20 to 19. (Photo by Michael Fabus/NFLPhotoLibrary)
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Dennis TrescaCorrespondent IDecember 13, 2011

Another day has gone by and still no announcement from Arizona State on the football program's next head coach.

However, new names continue to flood message boards and the Twitter-verse. With every coach who is fired, college or pro, comes another possibility that ASU has its man.

As soon as someone is fired, it seems story pops up immediately connecting the recently unemployed coach to the Arizona State vacancy. This search has become such a farce that the Sun Devil fans are getting delirious. 

The most recent names affiliated with the coach searching circus are St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Cleveland Browns quarterbacks coach Mark Whipple.

McDaniels name has been brought up by Phoenix affiliate Fox 10 sports anchor Jude Lacava via his Twitter page. Nothing has been confirmed as of the time of this article.

McDaniels seems like a shot in the dark. All of his coaching experience has been at the professional level, aside from one season as a graduate assistant at Michigan State. He saw success as offensive coordinator in New England, but failed at his first attempt at head coach in Denver. I really hope this is nothing more than a rumor. ASU needs to stay away.

Whipple's name was brought to light by Pete Roussel of coachingsearch.com. Roussel reported that if Arizona State does not hire a coach by week's end, it will bring in Whipple for an interview on Saturday.

Why do I believe they will not make a hire by Saturday?

Whipple has collegiate head coaching experience at New Haven, Brown and UMass. His 1998 UMass team went on to win the Division 1-AA Championship. He has also served as the offensive coordinator at Miami, Fla.

His NFL experience includes assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he is credited with helping to develop Ben Roethlisberger. He is currently with the Cleveland Browns. Coincidence that Cleveland is coming to town this week to play the Cardinals?

Of the two most recent names, Whipple seems the most logical choice. Either way, Arizona State needs to make a decision. The fans deserve it!

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