The New Mexico Lobos just completed their coaching staff about three weeks ago when they hired Illinois linebacker coach Ron West to be their defensive coordinator. However, just three weeks later West is on his way out of Albuquerque and is taking the co-defensive coordinator job with the Arizona St. Sun Devils, and will split the duties with Paul Randolph. West will be reunited with head coach Todd Graham, the two coached together at Tulsa back in 2009 where West was the defensive coordinator and Graham was the head coach.
West decided to make the move this past weekend:
"Over the weekend, Ron received an offer from Arizona State and accepted it," first-year New Mexico coach Bob Davie said in a statement, according to the newspaper. "I'm disappointed but I certainly understand the business aspect of this profession. Coach West made a decision he felt was best for his family, and we wish him the best of luck in the future."
It is a big step up from New Mexico to Arizona State in terms of competition and likely will include a sizable pay increase. At this time Davie has yet to name a new defensive coordinator, and no names have surfaced at this time to replace West.
West does not earn the title of shortest tenure for a coordinator position, Ted Roof was at Central Florida for a month as their defensive coordinator before he took the same position at Penn State.