Billy Napier leaves Arizona State to become Louisiana coach

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However, defensive coordinator Phil Bennett recently resigned his post and now the Sun Devils are likely going to lose offensive coordinator Billy Napier, too.

"My family and I are excited and humbled for the opportunity to serve Cajun Nation and our Louisiana football program", Napier said in a press release.

One of the reasons Arizona State made the off-the-map decision to hire Herm Edwards to be their next head coach was because they felt the staff in place around him was fine but needed a new leader.

If Edwards is at Arizona State to be the CEO-like mindset for the program, then he needs to make some quick business decisions to fill out his staff with assets he can trust and rely on.

"I wish Bill nothing but the best in his coaching career", Edwards said in a statement.

Doug Haller of AZCentral Sports reported that Napier impressed vice president of athletics Ray Anderson during his one season at ASU, which is why he was promoted to associated head coach after Todd Graham's firing and Edwards' hiring.

Prior to working at Alabama, Napier was assistant head coach at Colorado State in 2012 and offensive analyst at Alabama in 2011.

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Edwards announced Friday that assistant head coach and running backs coach John Simon and co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Rob Likens will remain on the coaching staff.

Napier, who signed on to a new contract earning a promotion to associate head coach December 5, led the Sun Devils to a sixth-place ranking in the Pac-12 in total offense averaging 427.6 yards per game and seventh in scoring offense averaging 31.9 points per game.

"We are absolutely thrilled to identify a Head Football coach with the experience and success that Billy Napier brings to the University of Louisiana", Dr. Maggard said.

Napier had recruited extensively in Louisiana for Alabama and was part of two national title teams with the Tide.

If Arizona State choosing ex-Jets coach Herm Edwards to lead its program wasn't weird enough, the details of the partnership were just unusual.

UL-Lafayette will introduce Napier at a news conference at noon Monday in the Cajundome.

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