TEMPE, Ariz. -- Former Southern Mississippi offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey has been hired as the new offensive coordinator on Todd Graham's staff at Arizona State. He replaces Mike Norvell, who was hired as head coach at Memphis after four years as ASU's offensive coordinator.
"Chip was our top priority when we put together our initial list of candidates, so I couldn't be happier that Chip is joining our family," Coach Graham said. "Chip recently turned down an offer to be the head coach at Eastern Kentucky, and he's made it very clear how excited he is to be coming to Tempe. Chip is an outstanding developer of quarterbacks and we have similar offensive philosophies as he worked for Gus Malzahn at Auburn in 2013. Chip has quickly established him as one of the top offensive minds in the nation, and I have no doubt he is going to do great things with our student-athletes."
Lindsey spent the past two seasons at Southern Mississippi as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The Golden Eagles broke five single-season school records in 2015, including completions (312), passing yards (4,263), total offensive yards (6,758), touchdowns (67) and points (528) during a nine-win season. They won the Conference USA West Division title and a berth in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl against the University of Washington.
"I'm extremely excited to get to Arizona State and get started," Lindsey said. "It's a honor to be on Coach Graham's staff and to be a part of the Arizona State family. I have a tremendous respect for the tradition at ASU, and I'm looking forward to building on the foundation Coach Graham has built over the past four seasons in Tempe. My familiarity with Coach Graham's views on offense will allow me to hit the ground running starting today. It has been a great two years at Southern Miss, and I want to thank Todd Monken for the opportunity he gave me. I wish those guys the best of luck in their bowl game on Dec. 26, and in the future."
Southern Miss was the nation's seventh-highest scoring team in 2015, improving from 19 points per game to 40.6. The Golden Eagles scored 50 or more points five times.
Lindsey spent the past two seasons mentoring Southern Miss quarterback Nick Mullens, who became the first USM player to be named Offensive Player of the Year in the school's 20-year history in Conference USA in 2015. Mullens ranked second in the league in passing yards (4,145) and touchdown passes (36).
Prior to joining Southern Miss in February 2014, Lindsey was an offensive analyst focused on the wide receivers and passing game for the 2013 national champion runner-up Auburn Tigers under head coach Gus Malzahn.