Chip Lindsey to remain at Arizona State

Chip Lindsey will not be further pursing the head coaching job at Southern Miss, instead remaining at Arizona State as its offensive coordinator

A day after meeting with Southern Mississippi's athletic director about the school's head coaching vacancy, Chip Lindsey has decided he will remain at Arizona State. 

Lindsey was hired last month by ASU coach Todd Graham to be offensive coordinator of the Sun Devils, the same position he held the last two seasons at Southern Miss. When Southern Miss head coach Todd Monken accepted the offensive coordinator position under former ASU coach Dirk Koetter, LIndsey became a top candidate for the position. 

Lindsey, 40, flew from Phoenix to California for a recruiting trip Tuesday. Once there, he tweeted that he's "fired up to be part of the this (ASU) program, great things ahead!!"

Graham lauded Lindsey not only for what he expects Lindsey will bring to ASU as an offensive coordinator, but also for his ability to develop quarterbacks. The Sun Devils will be replacing senior Mike Bercovici with one of four younger quarterbacks expected to be on the roster in 2016, none of whom will be more than a third-year sophomore. 

With just one week until the start of the national signing period next Wednesday, the Sun Devils have 18 known commitments and are working to put the finishing touches on their recruiting class. Lindsey's status may help to solidify that class.

Southern Miss athletic director Bill McGillis released a statement Sunday that said his program is on the right footing and he expects to have a head coach named as a replacement by this weekend.

Southern Miss defensive coordinator Dave Duggan also met with McGillis to interview for the position Monday, with that taking place this morning. Duggan is also considered to be a leading candidate according to a source. 

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