On Sunday night former NFL coach and current ESPN analyst Herm Edwards accepted the Arizona State head-coaching job.
Arizona State is currently restructuring its football department to give it a more NFL like structure.
“Our goal for this football program is to reach unprecedented heights, and therefore we need to find a way to operate more innovatively and efficiently than we have in the past,” vice president of university athletics Ray Anderson said. “In the spirit of innovation, our vision for this program is to have a head coach who serves as a CEO and is the central leader with a collaborative staff around him that will elevate the performance of players and coaches on the field, in the classroom, and in our community. Equally important, the head coach will be a dynamic and tireless recruiter.”
Welcome Coach Edwards!
— Sun Devil Athletics (@TheSunDevils) December 4, 2017
On Sunday, Herm Edwards, who will be responsible for developing coordinators and assistant coaches, shared his excitement about joining Arizona State’s administration.
“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. “My personal commitment to build young men to be whole people through the game of football is completely in alignment with the vision President Michael Crow and Vice President for University Athletics Ray Anderson have for this program. I stand ready for the challenge of working with them to elevate Sun Devil Football. I am very excited and humbled to be the Arizona State head football coach.”
The Sun Devils fired Todd Graham on Sunday after six seasons, but Graham will stay on through the Sun Devils’ bowl game.