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Arizona State hires Chip Long

Arizona State has hired Chip Long, who spent the past two seasons as tight ends and fullbacks coach at Illinois.

The press release didn't say what position Long will coach. He is a former receiver and tight end at North Alabama -- he graduated in 2006 -- and he coached tight ends as a GA at Arkansas before going to Illinois.

From the press release:

In his first season with the Illini, Long was given the task of molding tight ends and fullbacks out of a roster that was largely designed to run the spread offense. True-freshmen Evan Wilson and Jay Prosch thrived under his tutelage, with Wilson starting 11 games at tight end and Prosch starting seven at fullback. Wilson caught 10 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns on the season, while Prosch asserted himself as a bruising blocker, most notably opening holes for running back Mikel Leshoure's school single-game record-breaking total of 330 yards against Northwestern on Nov. 20.

At Arkansas, Long helped develop tight end D.J. Williams, who became the first semifinalist in school history for the Mackey Award in 2008. As a sophomore Williams had a record-breaking season that saw him become an All-SEC first team selection by the Associated Press and a second-team honoree by the league coaches. He finished the season as the team leader in receptions (61) and receiving yards. In 2009, Williams was again a second-team All-SEC selection by the coaches and enters 2010 as a preseason All-American.

Prior to his stint in Fayetteville, Long spent two seasons at the University of Louisville and worked with the wide receivers and quarterbacks.

He is a native of Birmingham, Ala.