When Paul Tyson decided to transfer away from his Crimson Tide, Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant legacy, it was not shocking. Having made little progress toward ever starting for the Crimson Tide and having to compete with Jalen Milroe and Ty Simpson, Tyson leaving made sense.
His choice of a new program did not make sense. He chose to transfer to Arizona State. The Sun Devils had a returning senior QB, Jayden Daniels, with an ASU career of more than 6,000 passing yards and over 1,200 rushing yards.
Daniels had announced he was staying in Tempe and Paul Tyson was destined to be a backup QB again.
All that has changed with Daniels changing his mind and entering the Transfer Portal. Some of his teammates were so angry they dumped all of Daniels’ stuff out of his locker.
The reversal by Daniels, suddenly made Paul Tyson’s decision appear to be a smart one. That is for those that know nothing else about ASU football.
Those aware of what the Arizona State program has been going through, and continues to go through, question why any coach or player wants to be involved.
An Arizona state senator recently demanded that the ASU AD, Ray Anderson, and the head coach, Herm Edwards be immediately fired. Check out some of the Twitter observations about the state of Arizona State football.
Matt Zemak and Dennis Dodd are not unscrupulous muckrakers. They are not being unfair to the ASU program. The Arizona State football program might actually big a’ messier mess’ than the one in Auburn.
"ASU went 8-5 overall last season, but has been embroiled in an NCAA investigation into recruiting violations that has resulted in the ousting of several assistant coaches, but not yet in the dismissal of the head coach, Edwards.Many fans have been calling for Edwards to be fired for months, and Daniels’ departure just seemed to add fuel to their fire."
One clever tweet from media source Matt Schubert was,
"Everyone leaving but Herm."
All of that is the fine mess Paul Tyson has stepped into. Tyson either made one of the worst transfer decisions this year – or maybe he made one of the best, if he wins the starting job.
When Herm Edwards went to ASU, it was part of a new “leadership model” according to a release by ASU. It was to be designed like an NFL structure. Whether it was a flawed model or poorly executed does not matter. It has been a failure.
Ironically, Auburn needs a better QB than Zach Calzada. The debacle in Auburn might not look too bad to Jayden Daniels.