One of the hottest young names in the collegiate coaching ranks is reportedly in talks with power-brokers at Arizona State University for the school's open head coaching position.
Kenny Dillingham, offensive coordinator at the University of Oregon, is reportedly one of the names on Arizona State's list to replace recently-fired Herm Edwards.
"Sources: Arizona State has had discussions with Oregon offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham about its head coaching job. Via @chris_hummer," 247Sports announced Tuesday.
Herm Edwards was fired on September 18th after a five-year tenure marred by recruiting violations during the COVID-19 dead period.
Even with Edwards gone, the ongoing NCAA investigation into the Sun Devils football program continues to loom over Arizona State.
According to 247Sports' Brandon Marcello, the investigation has caused the school's coaching search to "not progress much over the past weeks.”
The 32-year old coach has a long history in the state of Arizona, beginning with his coaching debut as a senior at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale. Then, in 2014, Dillingham entered his first FBS coaching role as an offensive assistant at Arizona State.
After brief stops at Auburn, Memphis, and Florida State, Dillingham was hired at Oregon to work under Dan Lanning in December of 2021.
In 2022, his first season as the team's primary play-caller, Oregon's offense has taken a sizable leap. The Ducks currently rank sixth nationally in yards per play and fourth-best in terms of offensive scoring output.
With Arizona State's coaching search limited by pending NCAA investigations, hiring a first-time head coach such as Dillingham could make sense for both parties.
For Dillingham, having never served as a head coach, his FBS options may be limited. On the Arizona State side of things, a longer-tenured or more experienced head coach may not want to deal with potential future sanctions imposed on the program.
Should Dillingham and the Oregon offense continue to roll into December and bowl season, expect the young offensive coordinator to get plenty of looks from schools searching for their next head coach.