JONESBORO — Arkansas State head football coach Blake Anderson announced Friday that defensive coordinator David Duggan and defensive pass game coordinator Ed Pinkham have been relieved of their coaching duties with the Red Wolves.

Duggan and Pinkham were both in their second season at ASU after joining the Red Wolves’ staff in 2019.

ASU yielded 583 yards in Thursday's 59-52 victory over Georgia State. Opponents are averaging 39.8 points and 481.8 yards per game against the Red Wolves, who also ranked near the bottom of FBS in total defense last year.

“These kind of decisions are never easy when there are relationships, lives and families impacted,” Anderson said. “David Duggan is a close friend of mine, and I have a lot of respect for Ed Pinkham — they are both great coaches, and their backgrounds and histories speak to that.

“However, I am responsible for putting a staff together and trying to create the best environment to maximize our players’ abilities. This was my decision, and as I discussed with our Vice Chancellor (for Intercollegiate Athletics) Terry Mohajir, I believe a change is necessary for us to move forward, turn a corner defensively and get the results we want.

“I also want to add that I would not have made it through last year — the toughest personal time in my life — without David Duggan. I would not be where I am now without him. This is the hardest part of our profession, but this is a time when I have to put personal feelings aside and do what is best for our program. I wish Dave and Ed both the best as they move forward as well.”

Assistant coach Nick Paremski has been named interim defensive coordinator for the remainder of the season. There will be additional restructuring throughout the staff to fill the roles and responsibilities previously held by Duggan and Pinkham, the school said.