It would appear that Arizona State's football program is keen on hiring another experienced former NFL head coach to their current coaching staff. Of course, Herm Edwards serves as ASU's head coach, and Marvin Lewis is a special advisor for the surprisingly-competitive team.
In case that wasn't enough ex-NFL brainpower, The Athletic's Bruce Feldman believes that former Raiders and Browns HC Hue Jackson is emerging as a viable candidate for the Sun Devils' offensive coordinator vacancy.
Following ASU's win over Arizona on Saturday, Edwards told reporters that OC Rob Likens will not be returning to the program.
The correlation between all three parties simply cannot be ignored, and makes us believe that this report stands on robust legs.
For starters, Jackson began his coaching career at Arizona State, manning the running backs and quarterbacks coaching positions between 1992-1995. Then there's the fact that he's worked alongside Lewis on several occasions during Lewis' tenure in Cincinnati.
Finally, Jackson and Edwards developed a strong friendship during their time in the NFL.
Jackson hasn't coached in an official capacity since he was axed by the Browns last October, and was later reported to have gone through a brief depression while adjusting to being unemployed.
However, it's possible that he wants to get back into football, as he was reportedly set to lead the drills at Colin Kaepernick's workout in Atlanta last week.
We will provide further updates on Arizona State's OC search as they are made available. As things stand, Jackson is the only name linked to the vacancy.