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Arizona State Sun Devils

Updated Nov 29, 2011 - 1:59 pm

The search is on for ASU's next head coach

Could Houston's Kevin Sumlin be the next head coach at ASU?

Arizona State has officially only been looking for a new head football coach since Monday, but it'd be na´ve to think the search is only 24 hours old.

Plenty of names will be brought up between now and the day a hire is made, but be clear about one thing: It is Vice President of Athletics Lisa Love's job to find the coach.

"I will be leading the cause to hire the next football coach," Love told Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo. "I will be proceeding as I did in the past with internal folks working hand-in-glove."

Love has hired four coaches in "high-profile" sports, including basketball's Herb Sendek, baseball's Tim Esmay, softball's Clint Myers and the recently-fired Dennis Erickson. Of that group only Myers has experienced postseason success, though Esmay has done a good job in replacing Pat Murphy.

Needless to say, if Sun Devil fans are a bit unsure of Love's ability to hire the right guy, her track record can be viewed as relatively spotty.

Love said the school isn't planning on hiring a search firm to help find a new football coach, but would if it helped in the process.

"At every turn, not unlike how President [Michael Crow] runs Arizona State University, he will be briefed at each turn all along the way," she said. "So he's certainly very much involved and has the ultimate decision to green light, but has given me the charge to get it done."

So who will the search lead to?

Love said head coaching experience would be nice, as the person would understand the demands that come with the job.

"That does not rule out the talent that exists in those O- coordinator and D-coordinator positions, we're very, very aware of that," she said. "I think it would be na´ve and too limiting to just say it must be only folks with head coaching experience."

Love added that she'd like someone who can recruit out West, though the right person may not be in the area right now.

Whoever it ends up being, Love is convinced salary will not be an issue, saying she does not believe money will be a limiting factor in the search.

"We're going to bring in a top-notch coach, but we're also very mindful of an aggressive market, and we're committed to be aggressive in that regard," she said, noting they will be responsible with the hire. "There's a balance there between being market savvy and being highly aggressive with who you are going to hire, but also being responsible so you're not going to an absurd level of expenditure, and I think we're all very, very mindful of the challenging state of our economy."

Ultimately, Love says the culture surrounding the job will prove to be a valuable asset in the search, which has already netted an impressive array of candidates.

"You're looking at candidates that could be coaching and could have serious bowl commitments or serious commitments; who knows how this will bob and weave as we move forward," she said. "Just the interest stemming from the announcement [Monday] until now has been resounding."


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