ASU football defensive coordinator Phil Bennett is not returning to the Arizona State for the 2018 season. Bennett cited personal reasons for his decision.

The Sun Devils intended to bring back all of their 2017 assistant coaches under new head coach Herm Edwards.

Edwards was hired earlier this month to replace Todd Graham.

The athletics department released the following statement from Edwards:

"While I would have liked for Defensive Coordinator Phil Bennett to remain on the coaching staff, I do appreciate the fact that he has chosen not to stay based upon family reasons," said Edwards. "Family always comes first and right now he needs to turn his attention to that. My top priorities right now going forward are to solidify our recruiting class and to assemble a defensive coaching staff. Both objectives are moving along quite well."