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Arizona State expected to hire Dillingham as head coach

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Arizona State Sun Devils are zeroing in on their next head coach. The school I s negotiating with Oregon Ducks offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kenny Dillingham.

He spent one season with the Ducks. He came to Oregon after Dan Lanning was named head coach in December 2021.

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Once he officially becomes head coach, he would replace Herm Edwards and interim head coach Shaun Aguano. After Edwards’ departure, Aguano went 2-4 to finish the season.

Dillingham has no prior head coaching experience. Yet, the 32-year-old has been a rising star in the coaching ranks.

With Dillingham as offensive coordinator, the Ducks averaged 40 points per game through Saturday’s loss to the Oregon State Beavers. Earlier in the season, Oregon had eight straight games where they scored 40 or more points per game.

The Ducks scored a season-high 70 points against the Eastern Washington Eagles in their second game.

In his short-lived tenure with the Ducks, he also transformed Bo Nix into a Heisman candidate for much of the season. It does not appear like Nix will receive an invite for the December 10th ceremony.

Nix concluded the regular season with 3,062 passing yards. He had 25 touchdown passes and six interceptions.

The former Auburn Tigers transfer had his best collegiate season with Dillingham as offensive coordinator.

Dillingham is familiar with the school. He graduated from the school in 2012.

The young coach also spent two seasons on the Sun Devils staff in 2014 and 2015 as an offensive assistant.

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Before his arrival in Eugene, Oregon, he spent two seasons as the Florida State Seminoles offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

He also spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He spent the 2018 season with the Memphis Tigers before moving on to the Auburn Tigers in 2019.

Dillingham also worked as a graduate assistant with the Memphis Tigers. He also served as the quarterbacks and tight ends coach in 2017.

He began his coaching career at Chaparral High School in Arizona. He was the school’s quarterbacks coach from 2007 through 2012.

Dillingham was the school’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2013.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 12 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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