Herm Edwards will be the next football coach at Arizona State as long as university president Michael Crow gives the OK.
Crow is set to meet with Edwards and ASU AD Ray Anderson this weekend before making an official announcement next week, azcentral.com reported.
Edwards, 63, has been out of coaching since 2008, and has never served as a head coach in the college ranks. He coached the Jets from 2001-05, finishing his tenure there with a 39-41 record, including a 2-3 record in the playoffs. He then coached the Chiefs from 2006-08 before ultimately landing with ESPN.
Sun Devils fans have shown reservations about Edwards, considering his lack of experience on the college level and his extensive time away from coaching in general.
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Edwards, however, feels he hasn’t lost a step.
“Sometimes people assume because you’re on television that you’re not coaching football,” Edwards said on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, per azcentral.com. “Because you’re talking about football, you’re analyzing football. I’ve seen a lot of college campuses, teams I’ve spoken to, I coached the Under Armour All-American game for eight years. So there’s a connection there with me and players.”
Arizona State finished their regular season 7-5, 6-3 in Pac-12 play before firing Todd Graham.