TEMPE, Arizona – The Arizona Republic reported Thursday that Arizona State has offered its vacant head coaching position to former Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Sumlin.
Sumlin left OU in 2008 to become the head coach at Houston, where he has stayed for the past four seasons. He is 35-16 in that time, including a 12-0 record this year.
Houston is one of only two remaining undefeated teams in the nation, and if it wins its conference championship game will qualify for its first BCS bowl in program history.
Sumlin's success has led to him being one of the most popular candidates for head coaching positions across the nation. He has been reported as a leading candidate for the positions at Penn State, UCLA, Illinois and North Carolina.
The head coaching position at Arizona State became vacant earlier this week when the school fired Dennis Erickson. Erickson led the Sun Devils to a 10-3 record and Holiday Bowl appearance in his first season with the team in 2007, but they have not had a winning season since.
Arizona State could become the third Pac-12 school this week to announce a head coaching change. In-state rival Arizona hired former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez to replace Mike Stoops, also a former OU coordinator. And Washington State hired Mike Leach, yet another former OU coordinator.