Arizona State coaches on alert ahead of 2021 season
A national college football reporter believes changes to Arizona’s state football coaching staff may be imminent.
Brandon Marcello of 247 Sports, who covered Auburn’s football pace (among other assignments in the SEC) before becoming a national reporter, has been working in the belly of the beast relative to the cut-throat world of recruiting. Coverage of SEC programs places journalists at the epicenter of recruitment wars, so Marcello is certainly not speaking from a position of ignorance. Everything but.
He did his homework and homework. He spoke to the coaches. He has extensive knowledge of these processes and how they work. His ideas are worth taking seriously, as a keen observer who doesn’t shoot the hip with wild, instinctive speculation.
Marcello, in an article published Friday morning, believes there is a good chance that Arizona State’s coaching staff will be sent off before the start of the 2021 season:
Now coaches across the country want blood. If the claims are true, they want the state of Arizona to pay – and fast.
And judging by the willingness of current and former staff members to speak to the media about the illicit behavior, this is not going to end well for the Sun Devils. Something has to happen before the preseason camp hits the schedule in August, and the bet here is that changes are coming.
Assistant coaches across the country are already reworking their resumes in anticipation of a job opening. Hungry assistants who never make themselves felt as a Power Five head coach want the chance to be the head coach who runs ASU through the NCAA cloud. They feel the opportunity in the fallout.
Marcello thinks there are too many people willing to speak to the NCAA on the Arizona state issue. Many vigilant whistleblowers are squeamish about what they saw from Antonio Pierce in Tempe, they want to push the coaching staff enough.
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