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Marmie Named Arizona State's Football Coach

January 06, 1988

Arizona State named defensive coordinator Larry Marmie as its new head football coach Tuesday night, five days after John Cooper resigned to take the job at Ohio State.

Marmie, 45, of Barnesville, Ohio, was introduced at a news conference at the University Activity Center.

Although Marmie has no previous head coaching experience, he had Cooper's support as his successor, plus the unanimous approval of the Sun Angel Foundation--the school's main booster group.

Many of the Sun Devil players also lobbied for Marmie's hiring after Cooper resigned after three successful seasons capped by last week's 33-28 Freedom Bowl victory over Air Force.

School officials also interviewed Arizona State offensive coordinator Jim Colletto and Oregon Coach Rich Brooks.

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