Arizona State part ways with Herm Edwards: Sun Devils coach three games into fifth season – CBS Sports

Arizona State part ways with Herm Edwards: Sun Devils coach three games into fifth season - CBS Sports

Arizona State and coach Herm Edwards opted to part ways Sunday less than 24 hours after the Sun Devils fell 30-21 to Eastern Michigan to continue an underwhelming 1-2 start in Edwards’ fifth season. Despite a 26–20 record that did not include a losing season, Edwards was embattled entering the 2022 campaign with Arizona State under NCAA investigation. The school has not announced who will take over the program temporarily.

“We have made the decision to make a change in the leadership of our football program effective immediately. By mutual agreement, coach Edwards and I have determined that he will relinquish duties as our head coach,” said Arizona State vice president of athletics Ray Anderson. . “At the heart of this is doing what’s best for our current team, staff and university. I understand the frustrations out there. We have to do better and that starts with our decision today.”

Edwards’ departure comes after Arizona State president Michael Crow publicly criticized the state of the program in a conversation with USA Today: “Like anything, when you’re in a fight, you support your officers. And we’re in a fight. But we” I’ll have to decide where we go from here and decide what the issues are and see where we go.”

Hired as a “head coach who doubles as a CEO” overseeing what Arizona State called an “NFL approach” to building a college football program, Edwards was placed in charge of a “New Leadership Model” this was supposed to utilize a “general manager structure” to take the team to new heights.

Instead, the Sun Devils were pretty mediocre on the field finishing one game over .500 in their three full seasons under Edwards with a 1-2 record in bowl games. Edwards has also created significant controversy off the field as the program is accused of hosting prospects during the extended recruitment dead period enacted for security reasons during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Multiple coaches have left since the investigation began, including former recruiting coordinator/defensive coordinator Antonio Pierce and ex-offensive coordinator Zak Hill. Wide receivers coach Prentice Gill, secondary coach Chris Hawkins and tight ends coach Adam Breneman also left the program amid the investigation.

Crow expressed frustration at the slow pace the investigation, which began in June 2021, is moving.

“I know we, outside of my office, have been very vocal about anything because the NCAA asks us not to say anything,” Crow said. The Athletics. “And the NCAA is moving in a deliberate fashion. I don’t believe they’ve even interviewed the rest of our coaches yet.”

The leadership model that Edwards sold to the public when he was hired also did not resonate with recruits, as evidenced by the Sun Devils’ national ranking in the 247Sports Compound since he took over the program.

Arizona State recruiting rankings under Edwards


National recruiting rank

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The Sun Devils never finished in the final AP Top 25 under Edwads’ watch, and were 1-2 in bowl games with the one win coming in the 2019 Sun Bowl over a Florida State team that had just fired former coach Willie Taggart.

Edwards came to Arizona State after a long career as an NFL coach and television analyst. He was 54-74 in eight seasons with the New York Jets (2001-05) and Kansas City Chiefs (2006-08). Anderson, who recruited Edwards at ASU, was his agent during his NFL coaching stint.

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