Arizona State names Herm Edwards head coach

Former NFL player and coach Herman Edwards was named head coach at Arizona State.

Edwards, 63, was working as an NFL analyst for ESPN before being introduced in Tempe on Monday.

A defensive back in the NFL before spending eight seasons as head coach of the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs, Edwards had a 54-74 career record. He was 2-14 in his final NFL season with the Chiefs in 2008, when he last coached.

Edwards landed at Arizona State following the dismissal of Todd Graham. The connection to the Sun Devils included direct ties to vice president of athletics Ray Anderson. Anderson is Edwards’ former agent.

“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,” 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.”

Age is not important to Edwards, who pointed out Tom Coughlin retired last year at 69 and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who also had great success in the Pac-12 at Southern Cal, is still going strong at 66. At Kansas State, Bill Snyder is on his second stint as head coach. Snyder turned 78 in October.

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