Offensive coordinator Billy Napier to leave ASU for head coaching job

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Offensive coordinator Billy Napier to leave ASU for head coaching job

Reports of Napier being offered the position first surfaced Thursday from Sun Devil Source's Chris Karpman, who said Napier was offered a five-year contract for a considerably higher amount than he made at Arizona State.

"My family and I are excited and humbled for the opportunity to serve Cajun Nation and our Louisiana football program", Napier said.

Napier was promoted to associate head coach when Edwards was hired.

If Edwards is at Arizona State to be the CEO-like mindset for the program, then he needs to make some quick business decisions to fill out his staff with assets he can trust and rely on.

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While the Sun Devils had planned to retain all their assistant coaches under new head coach Herm Edwards, Napier would be the second coach to announce he's leave ASU football in less than a week.

The departures of Bennett and Napier may have more to do with Graham's firing than with any new coach specifically, but criticism of the move to hire Edwards after almost a decade out of coaching is set to ramp up.

"I wish Bill nothing but the best in his coaching career", Edwards said in a statement. Napier is also leaving, after accepting the head coaching job at Louisiana-Lafayette, Football Scoop reported Friday.

Edwards, the ex-ESPN analyst who hasn't coached anywhere since 2008 and not in college since 1989, is officially the head coach for the Sun Devils, but the plan was for him to take on more of a general manager/CEO role in a more NFL-esque power structure.

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Napier served on Alabama coach Nick Saban's staff from 2013 to 2016, coaching the wide receivers. Bennett already announced Tuesday he would not be returning next season.

Napier had recruited extensively in Louisiana for Alabama and was part of two national title teams with the Tide. He went from being Oregon's co-offensive coordinator to becoming the head coach after Willie Taggart left to become coach at Florida State.

A press conference will be held Monday, December 18 at noon at the Cajundome.

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