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Posted: Monday, January 4, 2010 2:15 pm | Updated: 3:26 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Dennis Erickson has hired Noel Mazzone as Arizona State's new offensive coordinator.

Mazzone was the wide receivers coach for the New York Jets from 2006-2008 and working as a personnel consultant for the Jets in 2009. He worked with Erickson briefly at Oregon State in 2002.

"I’m excited to get back into college coaching and to work for Coach Erickson at Arizona State University,” Mazzone said in a statement.  "I have a great respect for him and what he has been able to accomplish in his career.  I’m excited to join the staff at a premier institution like ASU and to put together an exciting offense.  I grew up in the West and I know the Pacific-10 Conference is at the top of the college football world.  I want to play the game fast, get the ball out of the quarterback’s hands and spread the field. We will play a lot of no huddle and we will play at different tempos."

A former quarterback at the University of New Mexico in the mid 1970s, Mazzone began coaching at New Mexico and then a high school in Colorado before he went to Colorado State and TCU in the early 1980s. He's been an offensive coordinator at three other schools (Ole Miss, Auburn and North Carolina State).

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