Bennett will not join Edwards' staff at Arizona State

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Phil Bennett won't be back with ASU for the 2018 season. (Source: Sun Devil Athletics) Phil Bennett won't be back with ASU for the 2018 season. (Source: Sun Devil Athletics)
TEMPE, AZ (AP) -

Arizona State defensive coordinator Phil Bennett will not be on new Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards' staff.

Bennett said after practice on Tuesday he was leaving the program for personal and health reasons.

Edwards retained the entire offensive staff, including coordinator Billy Napier, and had hoped to keep Bennett after being hired on Dec. 3.

[READ MORE: ASU's Edwards promotes Napier, retains offensive staff]

The 62-year-old Bennett joined Todd Graham's staff last season after working five seasons at Baylor. Graham was fired on Nov. 26, and athletic director Ray Anderson said he hoped the new coach would consider retaining at least some of the staff, mentioning Napier and Bennett by name.

[READ MORE: ASU fires head football coach, Todd Graham after big win]

Edwards said a statement that he wanted Bennett to remain on the staff, but appreciates that he chose not to because of family reasons.

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