Herm Edwards became the second coach to be fired from the Power Five in as many weeks.
Arizona State announced Sunday that it was breaking up with Edwards after the Sun Devils lost 30-21 to Eastern Michigan on Saturday night. ASU’s loss dropped to 1-2 after the Sun Devils lost Oklahoma State in Week 2.
“We’ve made a decision to make a leadership change for our football program, effective immediately,” Arizona State Athletic Director Ray Anderson said in a statement. By mutual agreement, Coach Edwards and I have decided that he will step down from his duties as our head coach. The essence of this is to do what is best for our current team, our employees, and our university. I understand the frustrations out there. We must do better and that starts with our decision today.”
competitor demons summary, Linebacker coach Sean Iguano will be the team’s interim coach. Exactly a week before Arizona State made its decision to fire Edwards, Nebraska State announced that Scott Frost was out as head coach after losing his home ground to Georgia Southern.
Arizona State finished above 0.500 in each of Edwards’ three full seasons with the team, but was the subject of an off-season investigation by the NCAA into recruitment violations after ASU hosted recruits on campus during NCAA-mandated enlistment periods. Five assistant coaches have left amid the investigation, including defensive coordinator and former NFL player Antonio Pierce.
The Sun Devils also saw several players move away from the program after the 2021 season including now LSU starting quarterback Jayden Daniels. The team’s new midfielder is Emory Jones, the Florida transfer.
Edwards, 68, was hired by Arizona State ahead of the 2018 season by Anderson, Edwards’ former agent. The former NFL coach came to Arizona State University with no college coaching experience, and last received college-level coaching in 1989 when he spent his third and final season as a defensive coach for San Jose State.
Arizona State went 46-26 in Edwards’ tenure and was 8-5 in both 2019 and 2021. Edwards was brought in to replace Todd Graham after the ASU failed to win more than seven games in any of Graham’s last three seasons with the team. But ASU had two 10-win seasons under Graham — something the school didn’t come close to achieving with Edwards as head coach.
Edwards’ future became uncertain in the hours following the loss of Eastern Michigan when school president Michael Crowe said the school would rerun the football program in the wake of the defeat.
Before coming to Arizona, Edwards had been an analyst for ESPN since his NFL coaching career ended in 2008. Edwards was the New York Jets coach from 2001-2005 and the Kansas City Chiefs coach from 2006-08. The Jets were 39-41 in five seasons for Edwards and had the playoffs in three seasons. The Chiefs were 9-7 in Edwards’ first year but won a combined six games over the last two seasons to drop Edwards’ NFL coaching record to 54-74.