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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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Report: Arizona State offensive line coach Bob Connelly dismissed

Arizona State offensive line coach Bob Connelly has reportedly been let go. (Photo: Dave Seibert/The Republic)

Arizona State offensive line coach Bob Connelly has reportedly been let go. (Photo: Dave Seibert/The Republic)

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]rizona State head coach Todd Graham has let go offensive line coach Bob Connelly.

Doug Haller of The Arizona Republic confirmed the news via Twitter.

According to Haller, Sun Devil assistant Chris Thomsen is the likely replacement. Thomsen was hired by Graham for the second time in January. His title had been running backs coach.

Thomsen was originally hired by Graham in December 2011 but left ASU the following February to become offensive line coach at Texas Tech, where he spent the 2012 season.

Whether Thomsen switches to the offensive line will depend on who Graham chooses to hire. He is reportedly considering both offensive line and running back candidates.

Connelly joined Graham’s staff in Dec. 2011 after spending four seasons at UTEP. He was the Miners’ offensive Line and also held the associate head coach and co-cffensive coordinator titles.

Prior to UTEP, Connelly was at UCLA for one season (2007) after four years at Alabama.

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