In a story that's been a few days in the making, the Arizona State Sun Devils will officially announced Herm Edwards as their new head football coach in a press conference on Monday. Perhaps he did not realize, or simply forgot, that ASU's mascot is the Sun Devils.
Hopefully, the big man upstairs takes no issue. Enjoy the best soundbites from Edwards' press conference!
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". He also coached the New York Jets from 2001 to 2005 before going to Kansas City in 2006.
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Coaching in the National Football League, however, is also much different than the college game, where Edwards hasn't coached in an official capacity since overseeing the defensive backs for San Jose State from 1987-89.
Edwards, who will oversee the New Leadership Model, arrives in Tempe with a football legacy that has impacted thousands, whether as a player, coach, analyst, motivational speaker and author, or community advocate and philanthropist.
This season, Arizona State posted a 7-5 record and face N.C. State in the Sun Bowl on December 29. Coordinators and assistant coaches will also have "more flexibility in how they develop student-athletes on the field".
"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. "I coach football. And I have been coaching football my whole life".
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.