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Arizona State’s Kenny Dillingham Shares His Memories of The Territorial Cup

Kenny Dillingham was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He was a lifelong Arizona State fan. Dillingham went to Arizona State for school and then worked as a high school coach in the Phoenix area. After that, he became a graduate assistant for ASU before starting the long journey to becoming a head coach. He was at Memphis, Florida State, Auburn, and Oregon before being offered the head coaching job for the Sun Devils before this season.

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You’ve all heard it before. However, as he prepares to coach his first Territorial Cup game versus “the team down south” as a head coach, he has fond memories of the rivalry he’s been a part of his whole life.

“That’s what you did. It was the talk of the town.” Dillingham said, “Every bar in the area would have people watching. I’ve watched it every single year. When I haven’t been able to watch it live, I make sure to record it so I can watch it every single year.

This game means a lot not only to Dillingham but also to his family.

“My nephew was born on this game.” Dillingham said, “His birthday was this game. This game is very close to my family, the people of the state, and the people who win here, and I feel like my earliest memories are this is it. Everything shuts down. I just remember that.”

As for what game was his favorite, Dillingham said it wasn’t fair to try to say that because there have been so many that he will remember fondly. However, he’s hoping that his first as a coach will be that one. Arizona is coming into this game playing their hottest ball. They have won four straight, are ranked in the top 15, and have an outside chance at a Pac-12 Championship birth.

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