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Bo Graham expected to be named Arizona State running backs coach

Arizona State coach Todd Graham is expected to name his son Bo as the Sun Devils' running backs coach. (Photo: USA Today Sports)

Todd Graham is expected to name his son Bo as Arizona State’s running backs coach. (Photo: USA Today Sports)

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]rizona State head coach Todd Graham won’t have to look far to fill the remaining spot on his staff.

Graham is expected to name his son, Bo Graham, running backs coach, according to a source.

Bo was Arizona State’s on-campus recruiting coordinator in 2012.

Todd Graham dismissed offensive line coach Bob Connelly last week. Chris Thomsen, who was hired as running backs coach in January, will coach the offensive line. He coached the offensive line at Texas Tech in 2012.

Thomsen was originally hired by Graham in December 2011 but left less than three months later to join Tommy Tuberville’s Red Raider staff staff. Graham hired Thomsen again after Tuberville went to Cincinnati.

Before that, Thomsen spent the previous seven seasons as head coach at Division II Abilene Christian. He was an offensive line coach at Central Arkansas and Abilene Christian as an assistant prior to becoming a head coach.

The younger Graham was running backs coach at Tulsa under his father in 2007-08. He was also a member of his Pittsburgh staff in 2010.

Longtime Oklahoma assistant Jackie Shipp was hired as defensive line coach earlier this month, replacing Ron West, who left for North Carolina.

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