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Report: Oregon OC Kenny Dillingham has spoken to ASU about head-coaching job

Nov 22, 2022, 11:36 AM | Updated: 11:52 am

Oregon Ducks offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham has discussed the Arizona State head-coaching opening with Sun Devils “power-brokers,” according to SunDevilSource.com.

ASU fired head coach Herm Edwards in mid-September and filled his post with interim Shaun Aguano.

Dillingham, 32, would presumably be on a short list of top candidates to take the position permanently considering his background in Arizona and fast rise through the college football ladder.

A player at Chaparral High School, Dillingham became an assistant coach there as a senior after tearing his ACL in 2007. He eventually became offensive coordinator at the Scottsdale football powerhouse before taking an offensive assistant role with Todd Graham’s Arizona State staff in 2014.

Dillingham followed former ASU offensive coordinator Mike Norvell to coach the Memphis Tigers in 2016. Beginning as a graduate assistant, by 2018 he had become offensive coordinator.

The young coach departed for Auburn and joined head coach Gus Malzahn’s staff in 2019, then rejoined Norvell the next season when his boss earned the head-coaching job for the Seminoles.

This is Dillingham’s first year as Oregon offensive coordinator and the first time he’s been under a defense-focused head coach who has given him the keys to call plays. He’s navigated the Dan Lanning-led Ducks to rank fourth in points (40.2) and third in yards per game (511.2) through 11 games this year.

Dillingham has an impressive resume as a recruiter. He currently is credited with a commitment to the Ducks from top-10 2023 prospect Dante Moore, a five-star quarterback out of Detroit.

Current Oregon quarterback Bo Nix and Dillingham’s former quarterback at Florida State, Jordan Travis, are top-15 in the nation in quarterback rating and yards per attempt.

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