Mike Leach isn't the only Pac-12 coach on his university's faculty roster. On Thursday, Arizona State announced Sun Devils head coach Herm Edwards will join the faculty of ASU's esteemed Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication as a "professor of practice" and guest lecturer on sports and the media.
"Coach Edwards has deep professional experiences in sports media, serving as an on-air analyst and commentator for ESPN," said Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan. "Our students, particularly our growing cadre of sports journalism students, will benefit greatly from his expertise in both worlds."
In between coaching in the NFL and at Arizona State, Edwards spent close to a decade at ESPN, appearing on the Worldwide Leader's web of studio shows discussing the NFL on both TV and radio.
"I am humbled and honored by this incredible opportunity," Edwards said. "As coaches, we are teachers first and foremost. I am looking forward to sharing the knowledge I have accumulated as a player, coach and member of the working media with the students at the Cronkite School."
Edwards joins Arizona State AD Ray Anderson in holding dual roles within the university; Anderson is also a professor of practice at ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, making Arizona State the only school in the country where the head football coach and athletics director also hold faculty positions.
Bringing it full-circle, Arizona State sports journalism professor Paola Biovin is the only woman and only former media member presently serving on the College Football Playoff selection committee.
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