According to a report from 247Sports‘ Chris Karpman on Wednesday night, Herm Edwards is likely to be named the next football coach at Arizona State, replacing Todd Graham.
Pending a successful introduction to University President Dr. Michael Crow, Arizona State is likely to name Herm Edwards its next coach as soon as early next week according to two sources directly familiar with the matter.
Edwards will be in Tempe this weekend to meet with ASU officials, including Crow and Athletics Director Ray Anderson. The meeting isn’t taking place until this weekend so Crow can return from China, where he has been attending a Global Education Summit in Beijing.
Anderson, according to the sources, doesn’t need to be convinced of Edwards’ candidacy for the job. The two men have known each other for a number of years and Anderson served as Edwards’ agent when he was an NFL head coach. They’ve already had extensive conversations about the job, which Edwards is prepared to accept.
Edwards, 63, has spent the last eight years as an analyst for ESPN. Prior to the stint on TV, Edwards was an NFL head coach for eight seasons — five seasons with the New York Jets and three more with the Kansas City Chiefs.
“When you talk, you have discussions with people that you’ve had relationships with and a lot of things are talked about,” Edwards said earlier this week in a radio interview. “For me, where I’m at in my life, everything had to come into play where it was a fit. And I think it’s more important that it’s a fit and this happened to be a fit. I owe [Anderson] a conversation where we could communicate and sit down and talk and we’ll see where it goes.”
Edwards went 54-74 with the Jets and Chiefs, making the postseason four times and winning a pair of playoff games with New York.
Arizona State moved quickly to replace Graham, whom the school fired Sunday.
Graham went 46-31 in six seasons with the Sun Devils, including 7-5 this season. He was the third coach from the Pac-12 to be fired or resign this season. Oregon State’s Gary Andersen quit in October while UCLA fired Jim Mora last week.
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