ARIZONA STATE FOOTBALL

Report: Herm Edwards a serious candidate for ASU coaching job

Nov 28, 2017, 1:24 PM | Updated: 11:48 pm
Coaches Herm Edwards talks with his players during the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl American team practice...
Coaches Herm Edwards talks with his players during the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl American team practice on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Carson, Calif. (Ric Tapia/AP Images for NFLPA)
(Ric Tapia/AP Images for NFLPA)

Former NFL head coach and current TV analyst Herm Edwards has become a serious candidate to replace Todd Graham as Arizona State’s head coach, multiple sources told 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Paul Calvisi.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed he will be interviewing for the job this weekend.

The 63-year-old Edwards, whose only college coaching experience came as the San Jose State defensive backs coach from 1987-89, most recently coached the Kansas City Chiefs from 2006-08. Before that, he was the New York Jets’ head coach from 2001-05.

Because of ASU athletic director Ray Anderson’s experience as an NFL executive, it’s believed he would heavily consider coaches with NFL ties.

That said, he mentioned after Graham’s firing that he would only consider candidates with head coaching experience.

Anderson also said he hoped an incoming coach would consider retaining defensive coordinator Phil Bennett and offensive coordinator Billy Napier, something that Edwards would be willing to do, reports Calvisi.

Edwards and fellow former NFL coach Tony Dungy were rumored to be helping Anderson make his hire rather than ASU using a search firm, 98.7 FM’s Mike Jurecki reported last week.

Edwards went 54-74 in his eight NFL seasons and took the Jets to three playoff appearances. Under Edwards, Kansas City went 9-7 and lost in the AFC Wild Card game in 2006 but faltered to 4-12 and 2-14 in his final two years.

A former NFL defensive back from 1977-86, Edwards played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons and Los Angeles Rams.

Edwards joins a shortlist of potential Sun Devil coaching hires that, according to reports, includes fired Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason and Michigan passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton.

Arizona State Football

Follow @AZSports...
Arizona Sports

Arizona State football going with black uniforms vs. BYU

Arizona State's third game of the season is its biggest yet, as the No. 19 ranked squad will take on a fellow top 25 team in No. 23 BYU.
1 day ago
UNLV defensive lineman Adam Plant Jr. tackles Arizona State running back Daniyel Ngata (4) during t...
Alex Weiner

Sun Devils expect to have RBs Trayanum, Ngata ready for Week 3

ASU football head coach Herm Edwards said on Monday that his running backs will be ready to go on Saturday against BYU.
3 days ago
UNLV wide receiver Kyle Williams (1) is tackled by Arizona State defensive back Evan Fields (4) dur...
Arizona Sports

Pac-12 releases kickoff times for Colorado-ASU, Arizona-Oregon

The Pac-12 on Monday announced kickoff times and TV assignments for the Saturday, Sept. 25, games as conference matchups get into full swing.
3 days ago
Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards watches warm ups prior to an NCAA college football game again...
Jake Anderson

Herm Edwards preps Arizona State for 1st road game with fans since 2019

After a 2-0 start to the year, ASU rounds out the non-conference schedule with a road game at the No. 23 BYU Cougars (2-0) in Provo, Utah.
3 days ago
Southern California head coach Clay Helton walks on the sideline during an NCAA college football ga...
Arizona Sports

USC Trojans fire football coach Clay Helton after loss to Stanford

The USC Trojans have fired head football coach Clay Helton two games into his seventh season in charge.
4 days ago
Photo by luiscolato.com...
Associated Press

Tech data shows Arizona’s busy sports gambling activity

"Arizona ... had more wagered online than mature states like Michigan, Colorado and Tennessee at the FanDuel Sportsbook,” a spokesman said.
4 days ago
Report: Herm Edwards a serious candidate for ASU coaching job