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Thu December 19, 2013

ASU Announces New Football Coach

Arkansas State University's Liberty Stadium
Arkansas State University's Liberty Stadium
Credit flickr / jimmy emerson

Officials with Arkansas State University announced Thursday their fifth head football coach in five years. Blake Anderson most recently served as offensive coordinator for North Carolina where his team earned school records in offensive categories. At a press conference Anderson stressed his aggressive style.

“We will be the most violent, physical football team in the Sun Belt. Now, that doesn't happen over night. I told the guys when I met with them, you will work harder in this program than you have ever been asked to work in your life but you will also reap bigger rewards than you've ever reaped. But it's all about work. We will be violent, we will blow people up. We will stop the run and we will run the ball,” said Anderson.

Previous coaches have gone on to bigger schools and higher pay after displaying success at ASU. The Redwolves have won the Sun Belt Conference Championship three years in a row and are currently headed to the GoDaddy.com bowl game in Alabama.

Anderson's starting pay will be over $700,000. He worked previously as an offensive coordinator for the University of North Carolina. The Tar Heels, like ASU, are making a bowl game appearance this year.