Phoenix (3TV/CBS 5) – Arizona State University announced alumnus Kenny Dillingham as the Sun Devils’ new head football coach at a Sunday morning press conference at Sun Devils Stadium.
University Athletics Vice President Ray Anderson said: “The future is a name, an image, and a caricature. NCA governance, student-athlete mental health and perceptions, the expansion of college football, social media influence, social justice perceptions, and more, new-age head coaches are facing all these challenges.” We believe we need to be ready to deal with and accept.”
Anderson believes Dillingham has what it takes to lead ASU into the next era of college football. It started months ago,” he said. He added that although many candidates were interviewed, the decision to hire Dillingham as football head coach was a unanimous decision. Energetic, Flexible, Adaptable, Collaborative, Innovative, Great Partner, Great Innovator, Great Listener I have experience listening and learning from others, strong and passionate about this place,” Anderson said. “There is no denying the many achievements and successes Kenny Dillingham has brought to the table.”
Dillingham said tearfully into the microphone that she understands how special it is to be welcomed back to ASU. “I’m pretty emotional. That’s who I am. I’m who I am, the same person I am every day, and I’m thrilled to be here and be the Sun Devil,” he said. Leadership from bottom to bottom is in a straight line.This whole valley needs to be united.Do you want to win at the highest level?Everyone in this room needs to participate.”
Dillingham said Sean Aguano will remain on the Sun Devils staff. “I couldn’t be happier. Coach Aguano was one of the first people he met when he came here,” he said. “When you think about anything in life, it comes time. I’m going to be the one who builds relationships with
He encouraged those attending the press to do their best. We’re going to hire people who believe in it…and we’re going to maximize every drop we can get out of it. This is my dream job,” Dillingham said. He said he believes the college landscape is changing.
At a press conference, the Sun Angel Collective announced that Dillingham and his team would receive a $1 million donation. This organization was formed to support student-athletes using their names, images and likenesses. This is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that receives donations from businesses, boosters and non-profits. Jeff Burg, AIG’s financial products wholesaler and director of the Children in Need Foundation, serves as chairman of the organization.
Dillingham was given an ASU jersey with the number “42” in honor of veteran and former NFL star Pat Tillman. A message sewn onto the jersey itself reads, “Somewhere we hear a voice and it guides us in the direction of who we want to be. It’s up to us to follow it or not,” Dillingham said in a voice. I put it out and read it.
In a statement before the press conference, he said:
A native of Scottsdale, Dillingham graduated from ASU in 2012. He was hired by then-offensive coordinator Mike Nobel in 2013 to join the Sun Devils’ offensive staff. He also worked as an assistant in Memphis, Florida, and Auburn. Dillingham is set to leave his position as Oregon’s offensive coordinator, which has been in place since late 2021. He became the youngest Power 5 coach in the United States and the Sun Devils.He is his sixth ASU graduate hired to coach the program. He won’t be back in Oregon for bowl games.
University Vice President for Athletics, Ray Anderson, released the following statement on social media ahead of the conference.
The announcement was made early Sunday morning. Arizona State has fired his football coach Herm Edwards after his home loss against Michigan and an investigation by the East. After Edwards was released from duties, Sean Aguano served as the team’s interim coach. The NCAA is investigating the ASU’s football program after various alleged violations occurred during the 2020 offseason.
The Devils are eyeing an opportunity to dominate the field in the Southwest region as USC and UCLA head into the Big Ten.
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