Arizona State is losing another assistant coach, its fifth in the last six months.
After three seasons in Tempe, defensive line coach Jackie Shipp has accepted a job coaching the same position at Missouri under Barry Odom, according to a program source. Shipp will be replacing Chris Wilson, who left Missouri after just one month on the job to coach the defensive line for the Philadelphia Eagles.
News of Shipp's departure was first reported by John Gambadoro on 98.7 FM.
ASU head coach Todd Graham lauded his coaching staff last off-season as the best of his head coaching career. Fewer than half remain with the Sun Devils.
Former running backs coach Bo Graham abruptly left the program just weeks before the season opener. In December, offensive coordinator Mike Norvell accepted the head coaching position at Memphis. Norvell eventually hired two other ASU assistants, Chip Long and Chris Ball, to be his offensive and defensive coordinators, respectively.
Only four full time assistants from the 2015 ASU team remain. wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander, who is also the only coach who has been with Graham his full four seasons at ASU; special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach Shawn Slocum; linebackers coach / co-defensive coordinator Keith Patterson; and offensive line coach Chris Thomsen.
The significant coaching turnover also comes as ASU is looking to rebound from a disappointing 6-7 season. It will have to do so not only with a new offensive coordinator, Chip Lindsey, but with a new, as yet undetermined quarterback, and half of its starters departing.
In addition to Lindsey, who arrived at ASU from Southern Miss, Graham has promoted graduate assistant Josh Martin to coach tight ends, hired former graduate assistant at ASU and Stanford T.J. Rushing to coach the secondary, and Kodi Burns from Middle Tennessee State to coach running backs.