ASU ends its pursuit of Sumlin

Devils Digest confirmed earlier reports from Mark Berman at Fox 36 in Houston, that Arizona State has ended its talks with Trace Armstrong, the agent for the University of Houston's head coach Kevin Sumlin, who has been the Sun Devils' primary target to replace outgoing head coach Dennis Erickson.

As Devils Digest first reported on Sunday, Texas A&M was always poised to be Arizona State's biggest competition for Sumlin's services. That theory became reality when the Aggies fired their head coach Mike Sherman yesterday. It was reported that the Aggies' boosters went behind the back of their Athletic Director, Bill Byrne, and straight to the University President, Dr. R. Bowen Loftin to oust Sherman.

It stands to reason that the Aggies' boosters would have never initialed such a move unless they knew they had a candidate on deck to replace Sherman in just a matter of days, and that candidate was Kevin Sumlin.

Reports that Sumlin or his representatives were offered the job by Arizona State were refuted by the school, but regardless of their legitimacy or lack of they now appeared to have been the catalyst for Texas A&M to move full force on Sumlin and barring any unforeseen circumstances announce him as their new head coach as early as Sunday or Monday.

Sumlin coached at Texas A&M as the school's offensive coordinator between 2001-2002 and ever since he and his family have developed a deep affinity to town of College Station and the school. Its proximity to its current Houston area residence, A&M's moves to the SEC conference in 2012 and utilizing current in-state recruiting ties in his position are naturally the main factors that have tilted the Sumlin Sweepstakes in favor of the Aggies.

ASU will now focus its attention on Southern Mississippi head coach Larry Fedora, but with reports having him likely to only accept a job east of the Mississippi the Sun Devils will now try and identify other coaching candidates.

Devils Digest will continue and bring you all the latest in ASU's ongoing coaching search.

Note : The Fox 36 report that can be found here .

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