Will Arkansas State hire a familiar face

One name that keeps turning up in connection with the Arkansas State Head Football Coach vacancy is someone who is very familiar with Jonesboro, Arkansas. Go "Inside" to see who this familiar face belongs to.

One name that keeps turning up in connection with the Arkansas State Head Football Coach vacancy is someone who is very familiar with Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Randy Fichtner is currently the quarterback coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, he spent six seasons at Memphis and four years at Arkansas State.

He was in Jonesboro, Arkansas fromr 1997 until 2000 when he took the OC's job for the Tigers across the River.

Fichtner has made it clear that he would like to get back into college football and was thought to be one of the top guys on Memphis radar, before the announced TCU's Justin Fuente their new head coach.

It was thought that Fichtner wanted one of those two jobs, so the Fuente news could be good news for Arkansas State fans.

Under Fichtner's tutelage, current CFL quarterback Cleo Lemon flourished, setting numerous school records for passing and total offense.

AStateNation is hearing several names, but the one that comes up the most lately is Fichtners.

Fichtner is in his second season coaching the Steelers' quarterbacks after spending three seasons as the team's wide receivers coach. He joined the Steelers after serving the previous six seasons at the University of Memphis. Fichtner was hired by Mike Tomlin on Jan. 29, 2007.

In 2010, Ben Roethlisberger finished a perfect 5-0 against divisional foes and owns a 29-7 record as a starter against AFC North opponents during his career. Roethlisberger had 11 touchdowns to just two interceptions and completed 60.7 percent of his passes for 1,761 yards at Heinz Field, giving him a 100.2 passer rating at Heinz Field. In 2009 the Steelers had two 1,000-yard receivers. Hines Ward posted his clubrecord sixth 1,000-yard receiving season while Santonio Holmes posted his first career 1,000 yard receiving season, leading the team with 1,248 yards on 79 receptions. Rookie Mike Wallace led all AFC with 756 receiving yards and added six touchdowns on the season.

Fichtner's receiving core had an excellent season in 2008 as Ward topped 1,000 yards (1,043) for the fifth time in his career, and Holmes was named MVP of Super Bowl XLIII after catching nine passes for 131 yards (14.6 avg.) including the gamewinning touchdown reception with 35 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

Under the tutelage of Fichtner, Ward and Holmes matched their reception total from 2006 (123), while increasing their TD catches from eight in 2006 to 15 in 2007.

Fichtner, who instituted the spread offense at Memphis, was an integral part of the Tiger football team for six years. He was hired in 2001 to serve as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and his offense re-wrote the Memphis record book for six seasons.

In 2004, All-American running back in DeAngelo Williams led an offense that finished the year ranked ninth nationally in total offense and 10th in the nation in scoring. Fichtner was a part of unprecedented offensive success at Memphis that also contributed to the Tigers playing in three straight bowl games from 2003-05.

The 2002 squad set a record for total offense with 4,258 yards, and then the 2003 team shattered that mark with 5,779 yards of total offense. In 2004, the Tigers amassed 5,524 yards of total offense to rank second all-time. The 2004 Tigers also set school records in points scored with 430 and in passing touchdowns with 25. Fichtner was no stranger to Memphis when he joined the staff in 2001. He had previously served as an assistant for the Tigers. Prior to his second stint at Memphis, Fichtner spent four years (1997-2000) at Arkansas State University. He arrived in Jonesboro as the quarterback coach in the spring of 1997 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in August of 1997. Stay tuned to AStateNation.com for the most up to date coverage of the Red Wolves coaching search.