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Report: Arizona State OC Billy Napier To Become Louisiana-Lafayette Coach

A general view of Arizona State's football stadium.

TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 19: General view of Sun Devil Stadium as the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks warm up prior to the college football game on September 19, 2008 in Tempe, Arizona. The Sun Devils defeated the Warhawks 38-14. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Billy Napier is reportedly on his way to becoming a head coach.

Arizona State's plan to replace Todd Graham with Herm Edwards, but keep the top assistants is backfiring in a big way.

Defensive coordinator Phil Bennett revealed he won't be returning to the team after the Sun Devils' bowl game against NC State. Bennett issued a short statement about his decision to leave:

"I will always be a Sun Devil fan. I will pull for these kids and this program, I think it's in good hands. Just very appreciative to all of them."

Arizona State named offensive coordinator Billy Napier associate head coach with the introduction of former ESPN analyst Herm Edwards. With the departure of Phil Bennett, Napier looked to be the de facto No. 2 for the Sun Devils.

However, just a few days after Bennett's announcement, Football Scoop is reporting Napier has agreed to become the new head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette.

Arizona State offensive coordinator Billy Napier plans to accept the Louisiana-Lafayette head coaching job, sources told FootballScoop on Friday.

Arizona State's experiment hasn't gone as expected. The team fired Todd Graham with a $12 million buyout, hired a head coach that hasn't coached since 2008, and attempted, but failed, to keep the same coordinators in an attempt to keep some consistency.

Did Arizona State make a mistake?

[Football Scoop]