Herm Edwards named head coach of ASU football

Herm Edwards hired as 'CEO' of Arizona State football; what could go wrong?

The former New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs head coach hadn't conducted a press conference in a while.

Edwards, who for the past nine years served as an ESPN NFL analyst, was introduced as the Sun Devils' head coach Monday, ushering in an era that will be scrutinized as a result of the unorthodox direction ASU vice president of athletics Ray Anderson chose to go. Graham and his coaching staff will remain with the team through their bowl game.

First, Edwards' current agent took the podium during the introductory presser.

Anderson is thrilled to have Edwards aboard.

Edwards will oversee ASU's "New Leadership Model", which will implement a "general manager structure" to the Sun Devil football program. "Equally important, the head coach will be a dynamic and tireless recruiter", Ray Anderson, ASU's vice president of athletics, said in the release.

While Edwards hasn't coached since being fired by the Kansas City Chiefs following the 2008 season, the 63-year-old showed he had plenty of fire on Monday.


It was announced Sunday night that ESPN's Herm Edwards was returning to coaching, this time at the collegiate level with Arizona State.

This season, Arizona State posted a 7-5 record and face N.C. State in the Sun Bowl on December 29.

Edwards also referenced his former coach with the Philadelphia Eagles, Dick Vermeil, noting how he still demonstrated the willingness to coach long after he transitioned into the broadcast booth.

Since then, Edwards had served as a National Football League analyst since 2009.

"Passion for my faith, my family and my occupation as a football coach are the things that have driven me back to the grass", said Edwards. "... I stand ready for the challenge of working with them to elevate Sun Devil Football".

Graham, who will coach Arizona State through its appearance in the Sun Bowl against North Carolina State on December 29, compiled a 95-60 record in six seasons.

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