Will Canales be hired as ASU Head Coach?

Today marks one week since Hugh Freeze resigned his head coaching position to take the same job at Ole Miss. We are entering week two of the Arkansas State University coaching search. Could the search be close to an end? Go "Inside" on the latest name that has surfaced in the Arkansas State Coaching search.

Today marks one week since Hugh Freeze resigned his head coaching position to take the same job at Ole Miss.

We are entering week two of the Arkansas State University coaching search. Could the search be close to an end?

Dr. Dean Lee has already said that there will be no updates on how the search is going or which direction he is heading in his search for the next ASU Head Football Coach.

One name that appears to be picking up a lot of steam is someone who is very familiar with the Sun Belt Conference.

AStateNation.com has learned that there is possible mutual interest between ASU and North Texas Associate Head Coach Mike Canales.

Coaching Search.com confirmed on its blog Monday morning that Canales is definitely a name of interest for the Red Wolves.

Canales enters his second year as the offensive coordinator of the Mean Green.

Canales was the first coach Dan McCarney named to his North Texas staff, making the announcement at his initial press conference after being hired. Canales was the Mean Green's interim head coach for the last five weeks of the season and was responsible for improving the team's offense in a short time.

Prior to coming to North Texas, Canales had been the offensive coordinator at the University of South Florida for three years. Canales has been successful at helping offenses flourish at both the college and professional level. He was the offensive coordinator at the University of Arizona for three years prior to his latest stop at South Florida. He also coached wide receivers for the New York Jets of the National Football League and was the quarterback coach at North Carolina State where helped develop Phillip Rivers, who is currently an All-Pro player for the San Diego Chargers of the NFL.

He was on Jim Leavitt's original South Florida Staff from 1996-2001, where helped establish the program and its rise from an independent to a nationally ranked Bowl Championship Series power. In 2008 at South Florida, Canales' offense led the Big East Conference in scoring and finished second in total offense. He helped his team reach a national ranking as high as No. 2 during the 2007 season and No. 10 during the 2008 season.

Under his leadership, South Florida quarterback Matt Grothe became the Big East Conference career leader in total offense. He also was part of three bowl games at USF, helping lead the Bulls to the Sun, St. Petersburg, and International Bowls.

AStateNation.com is expecting Arkansas State to name a successor for Freeze by the end of this week or early next week. Stay tuned for the best in depth coverage of the ASU coaching search.