"I told him, I said, its different for me because I know his heart, and I know where it's coming from. Despite the selfish desires I have for myself or this team, I know he is going to a place that will be beneficial for him and his career." Says Junior Quarterback Mitchell Gale.
and start the search for his replacement. Coach Thomsen made the announcement Friday, stating this opportunity to join the Arizona State coaching staff was on he could not pass up.
"The opportunity to work with coach Graham and other factors involved like the opportunity to coach in a great conference at a great school, this opportunity sticks out above the other for those reasons. It was extremely hard. I kinda of went back and forth for a couple of days just because of what we've been able to build at ACU and the relationships I have there. I just have such a deep affection for the school and the people there , so that made it difficult, but at the end of the day it was a really good opportunity.
Offensive Coordinator Ken Collums has stepped in as Interim Head Coach as ACU and Athletic Director Jared Mosely begin the process of hiring a new Head Coach.
"You kind of sit down and map out in your head a kind of search process. Given the way information travels, there's already phone calls and resumes coming through as we speak, so it interest in our job we anticipate to be very high and so there should be a number of qualified candidates for us to look at and we will move through that as quickly as we can." Says Athletic Director Jared Mosely.
and through this transitional period, the attitude at ACU has been nothing but positive.
"Yea this is an obvious change right now, but its not going to change how hard we work in the off season, or how hard we work in the summer, or our goal to win a national championship, none of that stuff is going to change. I think that if we can keep that in perspective it will be very beneficial for us in this process." adds Gale.
"His future success reflects well on us, and certainly hope things go well for him moving forward." adds Mosely.