Reports: Arizona State Coach Takes Head Job at USU

Reports: Arizona State Coach Takes Head Job at USU

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LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- The defensive coordinator at Arizona State has accepted the head coaching job at Utah State, a newspaper reported Thursday on its Web site.

Brent Guy, a former Utah State assistant, has been selected to replace Mick Dennehy, who was fired in the final weeks of the Aggies' 3-8 season, The Salt Lake Tribune reported on the Web site. The newspaper said the information came from several sources, all unnamed.

"We're having a press conference tomorrow to announce our coach, I can't tell you who it is," Utah State sports information director Mike Strauss told The Associated Press Thursday afternoon.

Two press conferences were scheduled, one in the morning in Logan and an afternoon session in Salt Lake City.

Arizona State officials declined comment to the AP on Thursday, saying any official comment would have to come from their counterparts at Utah State.

If Guy is hired at Utah State, the Tribune said it wasn't clear if he would coach Arizona State (8-3) when it plays Purdue (7-4) in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31.

Guy, 44, has spent the last four seasons at ASU, which finished third in the Pac-10 this season behind top-ranked Southern Cal and fourth-ranked California.

From 1992-94, Guy was the linebackers coach at Utah State before going to his alma mater, Oklahoma State, for two years.

From 1998-2000, he was a member of coach Dirk Koetter's staff at Boise State, and Koetter took Guy with him to ASU.

Dennehy was fired in early November, but agreed to coach out the season.

He was in his fifth season at Utah State and was under contract through next year.

Dennehy, who came to Utah State from Montana in 1999, was 19-37 with the Aggies. His best seasons were 2001 and 2002, when Utah State went 4-7 through schedules that included visits to Nebraska, LSU and Iowa.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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