The leading candidate for Arizona State's vacant offensive coordinator position has removed himself from consideration for the job, according to a source close to the development.
Sonny Dykes, the former head coach at Cal who was fired after four seasons leading the Bears' program, will not become the next offensive coordinator for the Sun Devils. According to a source, Dykes expressed to ASU that he was likely to take the job, but that he will remain in his new position at Texas Christian to remain close to his terminally-ill father who is based in the Dallas area.
Following his firing at Cal this offseason, Dykes accepted a position on Gary Patterson's TCU staff. Due to his father's health, Dykes will remain with the Horned Frogs and is no longer a consideration for the ASU opening.
According to an ASU source, Dykes was the leading candidate for the position and the conversations with ASU head coach Todd Graham regarding Dykes' potential hire were serious, but ultimately Dykes elected to remain at TCU to stay closer to his father.
At this point, Graham is still considering his options and no hire is expected before next week.
On Saturday, former ASU offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey departed the program to become the offensive coordinator at Auburn under head coach Gus Malzahn, leaving the Sun Devils with just 10 days remaining until National Signing Day.
Earlier this week, SunDevilSource reported that Graham was considering Dykes for the job as well as new offensive assistants, wide receivers coach Rob Likens and offensive line coach Josh Henson, as co-coordinators for the vacancy created by Lindsey's departure. The possibility of promoting Likens and Henson to co-coordinator roles remains an option for Graham and the Sun Devils, but according to a source close to the development, Graham is still looking at various options.
Lindsey spent one season with the ASU program after serving as the offensive coordinator at Southern Miss for two seasons. Lindsey replaced current Memphis head coach Mike Norvell, who served as the Sun Devils' offensive coordinator for the first four seasons of Graham's tenure at ASU.