Dec. 10, 2004 wire reports

LOGAN, Utah -- Brent Guy was hired to coach Utah State on Friday after spending the past four seasons as an assistant with Arizona State.


Guy, a former Utah State assistant from 1992-94, was defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Sun Devils.

"I am excited about the opportunity to coach at Utah State at this time because there is a lot of excitement as we enter the Western Athletic Conference and build a new athletic complex," Guy said. "This will help us to become a competitive team and become a consistent winner, which is what we have to learn to be."

He replaces Mick Dennehy, who was fired after posting a 19-37 record in the past five years.

"Brent Guy has been involved in reviving some football programs that have become national-level programs in Boise State and Arizona State," Utah State athletic director Randy Spetman said during a Friday news conference.

The 44-year old Guy's contract will be for five years and about $300,000 per year.

"He was here when Utah State won a bowl game and he understands our situation here," Spetman said.

Guy previously coached at Utah State from 1992-94, working with the linebackers under head coach Charlie Weatherbie. During that time, the Aggies won the Big West Conference Championship and posted the only bowl victory in school history, winning the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl 42-33 against Ball State.

Arizona State went 8-3 this season and will play Purdue in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31, marking its second bowl appearance in the past three years.

The Sun Devils' defense enters the bowl season ranked 33rd in the nation in pass efficiency defense, 35th in rushing defense, 48th in total defense and 52nd in scoring defense.

Guy was defensive coordinator at Boise State from 1998-2000 when the Broncos won two league championships.

Under his guidance, Boise State led the Big West in total defense, rushing defense and scoring defense in both 1999 and 2000.

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