Southern Miss offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey to fill same role with Sun Devils

Arizona State will name Chip Lindsey from Southern Miss its next offensive coordinator

Southern Miss offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Chip Lindsey is leaving the program to take the same job with Arizona State, multiple sources confirmed to SunDevilSource Thursday. 

Lindsey will replace Mike Norvell, who recently accepted the head coaching position at Memphis. For the last two seasons, Lindsey has led a potent offense at Southern Miss, which went 9-4 in 2015 including a 7-1 mark in the West Division of Conference-USA, which it won. 

Southern Miss ranked No. 12 in scoring nationally this season with 40.6 points per game and ninth in total offense at 519.8 yards per game. 

Thayer Evans of was first to report Lindsey's pending hire.  

The Golden Eagles will play Washington Dec. 26 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. It's unclear whether Lindsey will coordinate the offense for the team in that bowl game before taking the offense over at ASU. 

Lindsey has familiarity with the ASU offensive scheme because he worked in 2013 as an analyst for Gus Malzahn at Auburn. Malzahn worked as ASU coach Todd Graham's offensive coordinator in 2007 and 2008. 

Graham has said that his program's ideology was formed in large part by challenging his defensive philosophy against the offensive approach of Malzahn in those early formative years as a head coach. 

Last week, SunDevilSource asked Graham if finding an offensive coordinator who uses the same terminology in communicating the offense was necessary. Graham said it was not, but that it would be beneficial to not have to implement such change. Given that Lindsey worked under Malzahn, it's clear that the Sun Devils won't have to make such an overhaul. 

This is the first season in which Lindsey was a play caller and his success was immediate. They rank No. 8 in yards-per-play at 7.01 and first in 20-plus yard explosive plays with 102. 

Southern Miss head coach Todd Monken -- a former college quarterback whose coaching background is on offense -- won C-USA Coach of the Year and quarterback Nick Mullens won C-USA Offensive Player of the Year. The Golden Eagles set a school record for total yards of offense and Mullens threw for a record 4,145 yards -- seventh nationally -- and 36 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. 

The Golden Eagles not only had a 4,000 yard passer, but two 1,000 yard rushers, the only FBS team to accomplish feat other than Oklahoma in 2008. 

Prior to working for Malzahn at Auburn in 2013, Lindsey coached for two seasons at Spain Park High in Hoover, Alabama. In 2010 he coached quarterbacks at Troy University.

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