After losing offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey to Auburn, Arizona State coach Todd Graham is planning to hire a cross-state rival for the role.
Alabama wide receivers coach Billy Napier will be Arizona State's next offensive coordinator according to multiple published reports including AL.com. The pending hire was later confirmed by SunDevilSource.
Napier, 37, spent the last four years at Alabama. He joined the Alabama program as an offensive analyst in 2011 and became its wide receivers coach in 2013 after spending one season at Colorado State as its quarterbacks coach.
Prior to working at Alabama, Napier had been the youngest offensive coordinator in college football at Clemson. He became the first offensive coordinator under Clemson coach Dabo Swinney as a 30-year-old at 2009, but lasted just two years before he was fired.
Napier started out on the Clemson staff in 2006 as tight ends coach, eventually moving on to coach quarterbacks and become offensive coordinator. He also served as the school's recruiting coordinator from 2006-08.
After spending two years as a graduate assistant at Clemson in 2003-04, Napier was offensive coordinator at South Carolina State in 2005 for a single season before returning to the Tigers.
When Graham hired Lindsey a year ago he listed quarterback development as one of the main reasons for the hire. Napier also has experience coaching quarterbacks and will serve that role at ASU.
Graham considered elevating recently hired offensive line coach Josh Henson and wide receivers coach Rob Likens to co-coordinator roles, per a source. Ultimately he decided to go outside the program with Napier, someone he's not worked with previously.