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Marvin Lewis joins Arizona State staff

Marvin Lewis has joined Herm Edwards' staff at Arizona State, the program announced Tuesday. He will be a special advisor to the program.

“Marvin Lewis is one of the most respected minds in our game,” Edwards said in a statement. “Whether as the winningest coach in the franchise history of the Cincinnati Bengals, or the architect of one the greatest defenses in NFL history, the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, Marvin has succeeded everywhere he has been and he has done it the right way. His passion for teaching will be an incredible benefit not only for our coaches, but also for the young men we are responsible for as students and athletes.”

Lewis is fresh off a 16-year run as the Cincinnati Bengals' head coach, where he set the club record with 131 wins, reached the playoffs seven times and was named the NFL's Coach of the Year in 2009. He served as the defensive coordinator of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in 2000, remembered as one of the best defenses of all time.

“I’ve known Herman for almost 30 years and the opportunity to come and assist him and his coaches win football games is very exciting and appealing,” said Lewis. “Arizona State and Tempe have always been special to me. When I was a young coach I came to visit (ASU defensive coaches) Willie Shaw and Bob Padilla back in 1983. Dirk Koetter, who is one of my closest friends, was the head coach there, Ray Anderson, who I’ve known for more than 20 years, used to represent me, and my daughter (Whitney) went to school there."

Edwards is heading into his second season as Arizona State's head coach following eight seasons as head coach of the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs. The Sun Devils went 7-6 in Edwards' debut.

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