Report: Ex-Browns coach Jackson 'strong candidate' for ASU OC
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Ex-Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson "has emerged as a strong candidate" for Arizona State's offensive coordinator vacancy, according to a report from The Athletic late Sunday.
Jackson coached at Arizona State from 1992-95, first coaching running backs and then quarterbacks. He is also close with Marvin Lewis, who joined the Sun Devils' staff under head coach Herm Edwards as a special adviser in May.
Edwards fired offensive coordinator Rob Likens, receivers coach Charlie Fisher and tight ends coach Donnie Yantis on Sunday, less than 24 hours after the team completed the regular season at 7-5 with a 24-14 win over rival Arizona.
"We're just headed in a different direction offensively, philosophy-wise, in what we need to do as far as going forward," Edwards said of the decisions on a conference call. "This is always a hard time for head coaches."
Analysts Kevin Mawae and Derek Hagan were promoted while the team searches for long-term replacements. The Sun Devils are awaiting their bowl assignment, which will be announced Dec. 8.
Jackson was fired by the Browns midway through 2018 and quickly joined the Bengals as an assistant to Lewis, his third stint with the Bengals during Lewis' 16-year tenure. Lewis and his staff were dismissed after the season, and Jackson has not coached since.
Jackson, 54, has spent 10 seasons as an offensive coordinator between the NFL and college.