According to a report from 247, Herm Edward is expected to take the head coaching job at Arizona State.
BREAKING: Herm Edwards is expected to be Arizona State’s next football coach pending approval of University President Dr. Michael Crow https://t.co/tZAfzu1Rs1
— SunDevilSource.com (@SunDevilSource) November 29, 2017
An additional report from DevilsDigest adds that Edwards will keep the current staff in place, and that the “deal has been done for days.”
Confirmed earlier reports that pending approval of ASU President Dr. Michael Crow, Herm Edwards will be hired as ASU's next football coach. Deal has been done for days. Edwards will keep current staff.
— DevilsDigest.com (@DevilsDigest) November 30, 2017
The report states that Edwards will likely be named head coach, “pending a successful introduction” to University President Dr. Michael Crow, who is in Beijing attending a Global Education Summit.
According to the report, athletic director Ray Anderson doesn’t need to be convinced that Herm is the right guy for the job, as the two guys have known each other and worked together for a number of years, including this interesting nugget – Anderson served as Edwards’ agent while he was still coaching the league.
While the hire would certainly go in the “unconventional” category, considering Herm’s time away from coaching and his last college coaching stop, the idea that he’s open (and reportedly going to) to keep coordinators Phil Bennett and Billy Napier surely sat well with Anderson, who said he’d like for those two to remain on staff during head coach Todd Graham’s dismissal presser.
Earlier today, Edwards went on local Arizona Sports radio to make it pitch for the job, and had some interesting comments regarding staffing and recruiting.
Last night, we reported that Herm was a strong candidate for the job, which created quite the buzz.
Stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest developments.
Further confirmation here Saturday:
Herm Edwards will be announced as ASU's head coach in a Monday press conference, per a source. University President Michael Crow is in Philadelphia, but has agreed to the hire. ASU football staff told not to go on road recruiting Monday.
— SunDevilSource.com (@SunDevilSource) December 2, 2017