Herm Edwards named new ASU football coach

Herm Edwards named new ASU football coach

Herm Edwards named new ASU football coach

Arizona State's bold move is official.

But, Herm Edwards as Arizona State's football coach?

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

And the Sun Devils are going to take an NFL-like approach to their coaching now as well.

If you remember anything about Edwards' presence in his nine-year career as an National Football League analyst on ESPN, he always had a way with words and utilized his role on television as an in-studio coach.

ASU made the announcement on Sunday night
Herm Edwards coaching the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008 ASU made the announcement on Sunday night

It was reported last week that Edwards - out of the college ranks since 1989 - would be the program's new head coach if school president Dr. Michael Crow approved the hire (more on that here). "Equally important, the head coach will be a dynamic and tireless recruiter", Ray Anderson, ASU's vice president of athletics, said in the release.

Edwards' last coaching gig was in 2008 with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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

The Sun Devils fired coach Todd Graham after six seasons on November 26 and wanted to move quickly with the early-signing period for high school recruits starting December 20. I stand ready for the challenge of working with them to elevate Sun Devil Football. The New Leadership Model affords coordinators and assistant coaches more flexibility in how they develop student-athletes on the field, and enables Sun Devil Football to build on the "Championship Life" program already in place through the Office of Student-Athlete Development to better equip student-athletes with the tools and skills necessary to succeed in their respective future endeavors.

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

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