Herm Edwards introduced as new head coach of Arizona State Football
By Harley Yearout // Football Beat Writer for Blaze Sports
TEMPE, AZ — After a week of rumors and speculation, Arizona State introduced Herm Edwards as its new head coach on Monday.
Edwards, 63, spent from 2001-2008 as an NFL head coach with the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs. He accumulated a 56-78 coaching record in the NFL.
His last college coaching stint was as the defensive back coach at San Jose State University in 1989. Edwards has worked as an ESPN analyst since 2009.
“You don’t forget how to coach,” Edwards said. “They didn’t bring me here to play.”
The hiring comes eight days after the announcement that former head coach Todd Graham was being fired.
“It’s been a long, it’s been a hectic, it’s been an interesting, and I can guarantee you it’s been an educational week,” ASU VP of Athletics Ray Anderson said.
Anderson said that he hopes to establish continuity among coaches and on the field excellence.
He added that he found Edwards to be the one that would take ASU to that next step.
“I’m committed to this,” Edwards said. “This fuels me. This is a special place.”
Edwards said that he listened with open ears to Arizona State’s offer because of he and Anderson’s relationship. Anderson served as Edwards’ agent during NFL his coaching days.
“The more we talked about it, I said this is a great model,” Edwards said. “This is making a difference.”.
The hiring of Edwards is a step forward in the “New Leadership Model”. which Anderson said will be run similar to a NFL front office.
“ASU football is nobody’s rebuild. This is not a start-up. This is not a start over,” Anderson said.
Anderson added that it will be an “all hands on deck” approach, rather than the head coach being in control all the time.
“We’re changing into a differentiated model,” Arizona State University President Michael Crow said. “We aren’t happy with how this model is working at other schools,” he said.
Edwards said he will finish up his duties at ESPN this week before returning to Tempe Saturday to hit the recruiting track.
“I’m proud to be the head coach here…I will work tirelessly and be committed to the vision of Ray Anderson and Dr. Crow,” Edwards said.
After a week of wondering who it would be, Sun Devil fans now know that Herm Edwards will be running out of the Tillman Tunnel next season leading this football team.
Harley Yearout is a reporter for Blaze Sports. You can reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow Harley on Twitter @HarleyYearout