Reports say Washington assistant Dan Cozzetto is a candidate at Arizona State
Washington offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto has been mentioned in reports as a possible replacement for Dennis Erickson at Arizona State.
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Washington assistant football coach Dan Cozzetto is being considered for the head-coaching position at Arizona State, according to reports.
Cozzetto, the Huskies' offensive line coach and run-game coordinator, has been at UW since 2009. He has coached two stints at Arizona State — offensive-line coach and offensive coordinator from 1992-99 under coach Bruce Snyder and tight-ends coach under Dennis Erickson in 2007-08.
Cozzetto, 56, is a graduate of Gonzaga Prep and the University of Idaho.
Arizona State's pursuit of SMU coach June Jones reportedly fell through on Wednesday.
The Arizona Republic — which has not mentioned Cozzetto as a candidate — listed Oregon offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich and Tennessee defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox (a former Oregon player) as candidates.
Cozzetto was hired as part of coach Steve Sarkisian's UW staff in February 2009 after Jim Michalczik served briefly in the same position before leaving for a spot on the staff of the Oakland Raiders.
The other Pac-12 opening — at UCLA — also has a candidate with local ties, former Washington player and Seahawks coach Jim Mora. But The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday night there is no significant movement in UCLA's coaching search.