Not every school can hire a Chip Kelly, sometimes you have to think outside the box to find the right fit. Or in the case of Arizona State reach into the box (er, television).
Paul Calvisi of ArizonaSports.com is reporting that Herm Edwards, a former NFL head coach who has been part of ESPN’s pro football coverage since 2009, has become “a serious candidate” to replace Todd Graham at ASU. Graham was fired Sunday, one day after beating rival Arizona to finish 7-5 in his sixth season at the school.
The 63-year-old Edwards last coached in 2008, the last of a three-year stint as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. From 2001-05 he was head coach of the New York Jets, with his entire coaching career in the NFL except for three seasons as San Jose State’s defensive backs coach from 1987-89 immediately after his playing career ended.
Edwards checks a big box on the list of athletic director Ray Anderson’s wishes for ASU’s next coach: NFL ties. ArizonaSports.com previously reported Edwards and ex-NFL coach Tony Dungy were consulting Andersen on his search.
Edwards would also be willing to retain existing coaches like offensive coordinator Billy Napier and defensive coordinator Phil Bennett, per Calvisi.
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