December 10, 2004
Two weeks of somber news for the Arizona State football program continued Thursday with word that defensive coordinator Brent Guy will be introduced today as the new head coach at Utah State.
The Aggies have scheduled two press conferences for today — one in Logan, Utah, and the other in Salt Lake City, to announce its new coach, and sources told the Tribune Guy was the choice.
Guy, 44, was the Aggies’ linebackers coach from 1992-94 and helped guide the team to the 1993 Big West title and a win over Ball State in the Las Vegas Bowl — the first bowl appearance in Utah State history. He owns land at nearby Bear Lake and was first in line for interviews after Mick Dennehy was fired in the final weeks of the Aggies’ 3-8 season.
Guy was unavailable for comment, but said Nov. 27 he had met with Utah State officials.
"I have a lot of friends that live up there in Cache Valley, so there’s a lot of things that connect me to that area," he said.
Since losing to Arizona 34-27 on Nov. 27, the Sun Devils have lost seniors Andrew Walter (shoulder) and safety Riccardo Stewart (shoulder) to season-ending injuries and were bumped from the Holiday Bowl to the Sun Bowl by Cal last Sunday.
And now comes the loss of Guy, whose fourth season as defensive coordinator at ASU was his best.
Sun Devils coach Dirk Koetter wasn’t available for comment, but said Sunday that if Guy did "get the opportunity that was in front of him’’ he would likely be able to remain with ASU through the Sun Bowl game with Purdue on Dec. 31.
"For any assistant coach in college football, their dream is to become a head coach,’’ Koetter said at the time. "Coach Guy has an opportunity, and I’ve done everything I can do to help make that dream come true. Brent is certainly qualified. I think he would do a good job with his own program, but the selfish side of me wants him to stay here with the Sun Devils."
Since leaving Utah State in 1994, Guy went to his alma mater, Oklahoma State, for two years before joining Koetter’s staff at Boise State in 1998 and following him to ASU in 2000.
ASU senior cornerback Chris McKenzie has accepted an invitation to play in the All-American Classic which will be played Jan. 22 in Las Vegas. A two-year starter, McKenzie started in all 11 games this season, collecting 41 tackles (34 solo), five pass breakups and one interception.
Wednesday’s notebook addressing the ASU quarterback situation in the wake of Jason Forcier’s decision to attend Michigan pointed out that Chad Christensen is graduating, but the former Desert Mountain High star who threw for 302 yards in 2002 still has one year of eligibility remaining.