When Arizona State fired Herm Edwards as a football coach last month, speculation immediately included Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule as a potential candidate to be the next head coach. of the Sun Devils.
That speculation came back strong on Monday, when Rhule was fired by the Panthers after a 1-4 start to the season.
Some college football writers have ranked ASU football as the potential “best fit” for Rhule, should he return to the college football coaching ranks.
Arizona State was also included in the odds of being Rhule’s next training destination.
Check out the latest speculation regarding Rhule and Arizona State’s football program.
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Bill Bender writes: “Rhule State speculation at Arizona is already in full swing, and it would be a safe hire for Sun Devils athletic director Ray Anderson, who has been in charge since 2014. The Sun Devils have 55-45 since, but Herm Edwards’ era ended with allegations of NCAA recruiting violations and dwindling on-field product Rhule’s message could pay off with rookies in a state where none of the state’s top 10 players from the Class of 2023 are committed to Arizona State.Three of Arizona State’s last four coaches have had NFL training.Although that may seem too close to Edwards on the surface, the 47-year-old Rhule might make it the best landing spot to bounce back in. Given the strong contenders for Arizona State, that would be a home rental.”
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Chinmay Vaidya writes, “These are two programs in a bit of an identity crisis, something Rhule has been through before. The recruiting footprint at Arizona State is roughly consistent with what Rhule had at Baylor, and might even be better considering the Sun Devils have better access to California than Baylor did.The Pac-12 loses firepower with the departure of USC and UCLA, which could return success easier to find Georgia Tech has significant recruiting challenges and aligns closer to Rhule’s time at Temple ACC likely to resist realignment, but there’s no real dominant force outside of Clemson Rhule doesn’t have obvious ties to either school, but both are situations he’s had success in.
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John Buhler writes, “When Herm Edwards was fired after losing at home to Eastern Michigan, it became abundantly clear that Matt Rhule would be a perfect fit for Arizona State. Valley is rich in talent, But no one seems to care. Sun Devils football is gone. They need a facelift in the worst way possible. As with Auburn, Rhule will be in the game with Deion Sanders and Urban Meyer. Granted, Meyer can do more and better While Coach Prime in new primetime While the Pac-12 After Dark headliner looks epic, Rhule has the potential to be the best thing to happen to Arizona State since Frank Kush. He’s a sleeping giant. He needs a head coach who can wake up the program. This is a place where Rhule can win 10 games a year and enter the hall of fame. Arizona State is surprisingly an incredibly attractive job this cycle, so they better not not blow it up here.
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He writes: “The Carolina Panthers fired coach Matt Rhule following the team’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Rhule’s name was mooted as a potential hire for Arizona State. Rhule has spent a lot of time in the college ranks, including at Baylor.”
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The radio host said: “Matt Rhule; it was not a question of if, but when. It was brought to my attention Matt Rhule a few weeks ago before Herm Edwards was fired that Matt Rhule might be a guy for a job like that (Arizona State). So it’s not out of (the blue). And he might be a better college coach than a pro coach, well; yes, he is a better college coach than a pro coach.
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odds shark: ASU fourth in likelihood of being Matt Rhule’s next training destination
The site lists Arizona State at +750, behind Nebraska (+150), Auburn (+300) and Wisconsin (+500).
Colorado received odds of +800, followed by Stanford at +1000. Oklahoma (+1200), Texas A&M (+1600) and “any NFL team” (+3300) were also included in the odds.
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