Arizona State cornerbacks coach and special-teams coordinator Joe Lorig has left the school and accepted a position coaching linebackers at Utah State.
Utah State coach Matt Wells announced the addition of Lorig on Thursday morning via Twitter.
A source told FOXSportsArizona.com that Lorig's replacement will come from outside the current staff and has worked previously with ASU coach Todd Graham.
Lorig came under fire more than once during the 2013 season as ASU's special-teams units struggled, most prominently in an ugly-early season loss to Stanford, again versus Stanford in the Pac-12 title game and against Texas Tech in the Holiday Bowl.
Graham addressed the special-teams issue immediately following the Holiday Bowl loss.
"We have a lot of things to work on on special teams," Graham said. "That will be dealt with immediately, and that will be something I take a personal interest in. That has killed our team. We've lost three ballgames this year because of that."
Graham's comments seemed to suggest a looming personnel move, and it's possible Lorig was encouraged to look at other jobs. Coincidentally, Wells worked on the same staff with Graham at Tulsa as the school's tight ends coach.
Lorig had been on ASU's staff for both of Graham's seasons in Tempe. Last season, he was given complete control of special teams. The previous season, special-teams duties were shared among multiple coaches.