Jackie Shipp hired as Arizona State d-line coach

Jackie Shipp hired as Arizona State d-line coach

Ex-Oklahoma assistant Jackie Shipp is officially Arizona State's defensive line coach. (Photo: KTUL)

Ex-Oklahoma assistant Jackie Shipp is officially part of the Arizona State staff. (Photo: KTUL)

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]rizona State has hired Jackie Shipp as defensive line coach.

As we reported previously, a deal was in the works last week but it was made official Tuesday.

“I could not have found a candidate who was a better fit for what we need at this time,” Sun Devil head coach Todd Graham said. “Jackie is one of the best defensive line coaches in college football and our linemen will benefit from his leadership and mentoring. We just became a better football program with the appointment of Jackie Shipp.”

Shipp replaces former ASU co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Ron West who left earlier this month for the same position at North Carolina.

Associate head coach and defensive coordinator Paul Randolph will coach linebackers. Defensive passing game coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ball has been promoted to co-defensive coordinator.

Graham is also excited about Shipp’s ability to attract top talent.

“He’s a top-flight recruiter with contacts in the states of Oklahoma, Texas and California,” Graham added. “He will recruit all areas for us with special emphasis on the state of California.”

An original member of Bob Stoops’ Oklahoma staff hired in 1999, Shipp was standout linebacker for the Sooners from 1980-83. He was a first-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins and spent five seasons in the NFL.

Financial details are not yet available. Shipp earned $270,000 last season at Oklahoma. West’s salary at Arizona State was $300,000.

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