Herm Edwards will reportedly become the next head football coach at Arizona State University.
247 Sports reported the following:
Pending a successful introduction to University President Dr. Michael Crow, Arizona State is likely to name Herm Edwards its next coach as soon as early next week according to two sources directly familiar with the matter.
Currently an analyst for ESPN, Edwards has eight years of head coaching experience in the NFL but hasn’t coached since 2008 when he went 2-14 with the Kansas City Chiefs. His overall head coaching record is 57-77. He was 39-41 in five seasons as head coach of the New York Jets from 2001-05 and 15-33 in three seasons leading the Chiefs in 2005-08.
BREAKING: Herm Edwards is expected to be Arizona State’s next football coach pending approval of University President Dr. Michael Crow https://t.co/tZAfzu1Rs1
— SunDevilSource.com (@SunDevilSource) November 29, 2017
Other key reporting details:
— Anderson very much wants to keep Billy Napier. Other assistants could be retained as well.
— Jean Body and Scottie Graham will likely move into football specific roles.
— Plan to significantly ramp up ASU’s recruiting infrastructure. https://t.co/v4Ct4as1Tu
— SunDevilSource.com (@SunDevilSource) November 30, 2017
Ladies and gentlemen, this is about as wild as you can get for a head coaching hire when it comes to a college program.
Edwards hasn’t coached since 2008, and that was in the NFL. Now ASU expects him to successfully take over a college program. This is the type of decision that gets an AD fired and can possibly ruin his career.
Having said that, this is also the type of hire that can make an AD look like a genius. High risk, high reward situation for ASU for sure.