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Marvin Lewis goes from Bengals head coach to Arizona State co-defensive coordinator

Jack Baer
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Marvin Lewis worked as an advisor for Arizona State last year. Now, he's taking a coaching position. (Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Marvin Lewis is back in the coaching business.

After working as a special advisor to Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards last year, Lewis was named the Sun Devils’ co-defensive coordinator on Tuesday.

Along with recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach Antonio Pierce, Lewis will be replacing defensive coordinator Tony White, who Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel reports is leaving for the same position at Syracuse.

This will be Lewis’ first actual coaching job since he was let go by the Cincinnati Bengals last year after 16 seasons with the team. Lewis held a 131-122 record with the Bengals, but infamously went 0-7 as a head coach in the playoffs and posted a losing record in his final three seasons.

A new challenge for Marvin Lewis

Arizona State will be Lewis’ first defensive coordinator position since he held the spot for the Washington Redskins in 2002 and his first job in the college ranks since he was the linebackers coach at Pittsburgh in 1991.

Lewis holds a stellar track record as a defensive coordinator, most notably running the Baltimore Ravens’ legendary 2000-01 defense that dominated the NFL on the way to the team’s first Super Bowl title. The game has obviously changed since then, though, and college jobs carry a number of extra responsibilities.

Edwards faced similar questions about the college transition when he was hired two years ago, and now holds a 15-11 career record in Tempe. We’ll see if adding another former NFL head coach in a key position advances the Sun Devils’ chances at their first conference title since 2007.

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