ESPN's Herm Edwards Hired As Arizona State's Head Football Coach


Arizona State's bold move is official.

Herm Edwards, who hasn't coached football since 2008, is now in charge of the Arizona State Sun Devils.

During his introductory press conference on Monday, he got a question from a Devils Digest reporter before Edwards, seemingly surprised by the name of the publication, cut him off to make a joke and let him know he's a Christian man.

The former National Football League coach is now the 46th head coach of the program and it's also the first time Edwards hasn't coached at the collegiate level since 1989, but he made it clear that he's in Tempe to take the program to newer heights as well as evolve young athletes into men.

The school said in a release that Edwards will oversee a "New Leadership Model" that's similar to the National Football League approach using a general manager structure. Prior to that, he was the head coach of the New York Jets from 2001-2005.

ASU fired head coach Todd Graham last weekend after leading the Sun Devils to a 46-31 record in six seasons, including a 7-5 record this year.

Edwards, a 63-year-old ESPN analyst and former National Football League head coach, will lead the charge as "a head coach who serves as a CEO", according to athletic director Ray Anderson, Edwards' former National Football League agent.

Anderson said that he wants the new coach to be a "dynamic recruiter", and one that can elevate the program to "top three in the Pac-12" and "top 15 in the nation" on a consistent basis.

Anderson, a former National Football League executive and agent who previously represented Edwards, has made some innovative moves since being hired as Arizona State's AD in 2014. The latter two addressed a change in philosophy in the Sun Devil football program.

Edwards also offered up this gem as he paraphrased former Arizona State star Pat Tillman: "Football ignites my soul".