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

05 December 2017, 02:13 | Kristopher Drake

Herm Edwards' introductory press conference at Arizona State was as strange as his hiring

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Edwards previously coached in the National Football League with the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs before serving as an analyst at ESPN since 2009.

It will be interesting to see if Edwards can be successful at Arizona State, but his agent made an interesting statement when introducing the coach at Monday's press conference. Arizona State's mascot is the Sun Devils, and it's not entirely clear that Edwards knows that.

Hopefully, the big man upstairs takes no issue. According to ESPN, a news conference has been scheduled for today to announce the hire and unveil "plans for a restructured ASU football program". "Equally important, the head coach will be a dynamic and tireless recruiter".

Anderson is thrilled to have Edwards aboard. "Someone in Herm Edwards" situation, they will say, "This is a very weird move, in fact, for someone to make'".

The wording here, however, is unique, as Arizona State states "the department's New Leadership Model will be similar to an National Football League approach using a general manager structure". Edwards was known for his colorful ways when he coached the Chiefs, and that was the case Monday.

Arizona State fired Todd Graham on November 26 after his sixth season at the helm.

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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.

The announcement, released on ASU's athletics website, comes after reports last week said Edwards would accept the position.

Edwards spent most of his coaching career at the National Football League level. He was 39-41 with the Jets, who reached the playoffs three times in his tenure.

In Edwards, Anderson brought in a longtime friend who hasn't coached since 2008, when he led the Kansas City Chiefs to a 2-14 record. "... I stand ready for the challenge of working with them to elevate Sun Devil Football".

"Passion for my faith, my family and my occupation as a football coach are the things that have driven me back to the grass", Edwards said in the release.

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