Graphic: Todd Graham finalizes Arizona State staff for 2016

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday February 29, 2016


Todd Graham has finalized the Arizona State staff after an offseason full of changes.

With the addition of John Simon as running backs coach, the full-time staff is complete. Here’s a look at the 2016 ASU staff:

Offensive coordinator Mike Norvell took the Memphis head coaching job and brought several ASU coaches with him, including tight ends coach Chip Long, co-defensive coordinator Chris Ball and off-field assistant Paul Randolph. Defensive line coach Jackie Shipp also left for Missouri right before Signing Day. In addition, running backs coach Josh Martin, who was promoted from graduate assistant weeks before the 2015 opener, has moved into an analyst role.

Graham hired Chip Lindsey from Southern Miss to run the offense, and Lindsey was involved in ASU’s bowl game. After getting interest from Southern Miss for their head coaching job, Lindsey received a $100,000 raise.

Graham had hired Kodi Burns from Middle Tennessee State to coach running backs, but Burns left for Auburn not long after arriving in Tempe. Graham went back to the Southern Miss tie to hire John Simon, who had accepted the wide receivers job at Louisiana-Lafayette earlier this month.

Jay Norvell spent 11 games as Texas’ offensive coordinator last season, but after an offensive staff overhaul, Norvell opted to join the ASU staff to coach wide receivers. He spent the previous seven seasons at Oklahoma and produced three of the top four players on OU’s all-time receptions list, including Ryan Broyles, who set an NCAA catches record. ASU wide receivers coach DeVaughn Alexander moved to tight ends. 

On defense, T.J. Rushing returns after one season at Stanford. Rushing was an ASU graduate assistant from 2012-13. Defensive line coach Joe Seumalo spent one season at UNLV after nine years at Oregon State’s defensive line coach, where he produced 17 all-conference players.

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