A few hours ahead of National Signing Day, the Arizona State Sun Devils has to deal with the loss of another assistant coach. Defensive line coach Jackie Shipp has been hired by the Missouri Tigers to take care of the same position in Barry Odom's staff, as Arizona Sports 98.7 FM first reported.
The timing of the news is not ideal for Arizona State, which is currently closing in on its last recruiting class. The Sun Devils probably tried to reveal the loss of Jackie Shipp after Wednesday's National Signing Day, but the news leaked on Monday night.
Jackie Shipp is the latest assistant coach to leave Tempe. Offensive coordinator Mike Norvell was hired by Memphis to become the Tigers' head coach. Defensive backs coach Chris Ball and tight ends coach Chip Long followed Norvell to, respectively, lead the offense and defense.
Jackie Shipp joined ASU's coaching staff in 2013 and should be credited for leading one of the Pac-12 best defensive line through the years. In 2015, despite the overall struggles, the Sun Devils displayed the 3rd-best defense against the run in the conference as well as the Pac-12 best pass-rush with 46 sacks. Jackie Shipp also developed today's NFL players, in Will Sutton and Marcus Hardison.
Arizona State loses another really good recruiter. According to ASU football official website, Jackie Shipp was regarded by Rivals.com as a "Top-25 recruiter nationally".
Todd Graham may be busy dealing with recruiting, but he will have to wonder soon about Jackie Shipp's replacement. It is another blow to his staff, which comes after a disappointing 6-7 season in 2015 and ahead of a crucial season.