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Sun Devils hire Rob Sale as offensive line coach

Arizona State has its third offensive line coach in as many months as the Sun Devils hired Rob Sale, who spent the 2016 season at Louisiana Monroe.

Less than a month after Arizona State head coach Todd Graham hired Josh Henson as the Sun Devils' new offensive line coach, Graham was forced to find a replacement for Henson.

On Wednesday, the Sun Devils hired former Louisiana-Monroe assistant Rob Sale to lead ASU's offensive line this season, according to multiple published reports. 

Sale takes over for Henson, who left the Sun Devils three weeks after his hiring to take the same position at Oklahoma State, his alma mater. 

Sale spent one season with Louisiana-Monroe and helped the Bulldogs finish 57th nationally in rushing offense, as the team averaged 181.3 yards per game. The Warhawks also finished fifth in the Sun Belt in sacks allowed, surrendering just 19 during the 2016 season.

Sale came to Louisiana-Monroe after coaching the offensive line at Georgia during the 2015 season. That season, the Bulldogs finished 40th nationally in rushing offense with 190.4 yards per game, as Sale helped Georgia offensive tackle John Theus to a First-Team All-SEC honor.

Prior to coaching under Mark Richt at Georgia, Sale worked for three seasons at McNeese State current Louisiana-Monroe coach Matt Viator at McNeese State. In his final season with the Cowboys, a year in which Sale served as a co-offensive coordinator, McNeese State averaged nearly 400 yards per game on offense, and averaged more than 220 rushing yards per game.

In 2013, Sale's second season with the Cowboys and first as a co-offensive coordinator, three of his offensive linemen earned All-Southland Conference honors, including Arinze Agada, who was named the Southland Conference's Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Sale's career began at the high school level before he earned a role as a strength and conditioning assistant and offensive analyst at Alabama in 2007. Sale worked with the Crimson Tide program until 2011, when he left to join Viator at McNeese State. The 2011 season at Alabama was also first-year ASU offensive coordinator Billy Napier's first season with the Crimson Tide, as Napier served as an offensive analyst alongside Sale.

Sale is a native of Monroe, Louisiana, and the 2017 season will mark his first as an assistant coach in a state west of Louisiana. 

Sale is the fifth different assistant coach Graham has hired this offseason, joining Napier, new defensive coordinator Phil Bennett, new wide receivers coach Rob Likens and the now-departed Henson. 


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