Herm Edwards named as Arizona State football head coach

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He was a head coach for eight years in the National Football League with the Jets (2001-05) and Chiefs (2006-08). "That's what I do".

"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", ASU athletic director Anderson said in a statement.

Herm Edwards is a big religion guy and wants you to know he's got no time for any devils. The coach he's replacing, Todd Graham, went 46-31 in six years and led the team to five bowl games.

"When you sign on to do something, you finish", he said.

Edwards also referenced his former coach with the Philadelphia Eagles, Dick Vermeil, noting how he still demonstrated the willingness to coach long after he transitioned into the broadcast booth.

In the game in 2012, Edwards had both Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston and Oakland Raiders receiver Amari Cooper on his team and to shed some light on the simplicity of coaching, he shared a story about introducing those players to each other that week.

Don't think I've heard that one before!

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In the press release announcing the hire Sunday night, ASU said Edwards' appointment won't be just a coaching change, but will include a complete overhaul of the model the program has operated under.

Yeahhhh ... despite literally being surrounded by tridents and Sparky and about to do work at Sun Devil Stadium, Edwards seems blissfully unaware of the school's mascot.

This season, Arizona State posted a 7-5 record and face N.C. State in the Sun Bowl on December 29. He has not been in the college game since 1989 when he was a defensive backs coach for San Jose State. However his Chiefs tenure was shorter and much worse with an overall record after three years of 15-33.

Edwards spent 10 seasons (1977-86) in the National Football League as a cornerback, the first nine with the Philadelphia Eagles. He also played for the Atlanta Falcons and Los Angeles Rams in 1986.

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