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Herm Edwards named head coach of ASU football

Herm Edwards named head coach of ASU football

Edwards' Arizona State players may recognize him from his work as an analyst on ESPN, but a lot of them were infants when he delivered his "You play to win the game" rant during a news conference as the head coach of the the New York Jets in 2002.

ASU fired head coach Todd Graham last weekend after leading the Sun Devils to a 46-31 record in six seasons, including a 7-5 record this year.

Anderson also said that he wanted the next head coach for ASU football to have previous head coaching experience, and Edwards provides that. He coached the Chiefs from 2006-08, after several seasons with the New York Jets, accumulating a 54-74 record over his eight seasons between both franchises.

"Jameis this Amari. Amari this is Jameis", Edwards recalled saying. Amari, you catch it. "That's kind of football". An enthusiastic speaker, he laid out his role in bringing higher-caliber players into the program than has been done at the school in the past. "Guys in California and Los Angeles should be coming here", he said. "That's my job. That's my job to go into those homes, tell those parents this is the place you want to send your son".

Edwards will oversee what the university called a New Leadership Model, which it says will be "a collaborative approach to managing the ASU football program that includes sport and administrative divisions, which will operate as distinct, but collective units focused on elevating all aspects of Sun Devil Football".

Edwards said his last day at ESPN will be Friday, and then he will be back working for Arizona State and recruiting. So Anderson has sold the school that Edwards can execute this.

"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 a statement.

Let's start with one of the best moments. Perhaps he did not realize, or simply forgot, that ASU's mascot is the Sun Devils.