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Arizona State extends football coach Herm Edwards through 2024

Arizona State football head coach Herm Edwards talks in a press conference on National Signing Day on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 in Tempe, Ariz. (Torrence Dunham/Arizona Sports)

Arizona State has extended head football coach Herm Edwards’ contract for two additional years, taking it through the 2024 season, Vice President for Athletics Ray Anderson announced on Monday.

Edwards’ contract must be approved by the Arizona Board of Regents, and the terms will be released before the next meeting, according to ASU.

“It is an honor for myself and my family to serve as head football coach at Arizona State University,” Edwards said in a school release. “We have accomplished a lot in our first two years in Tempe and we look forward to continuing that momentum in all facets of our program. Recruiting is the lifeblood of winning college football games and we are pleased with where we are and we look forward to continued improvement.”

The Sun Devils have gone 15-11 with a 1-1 bowl record since hiring Edwards in December 2017. His second year on the job saw ASU improve from 7-6 to 8-5 record-wise, and the team finished tied for third place in the Pac-12 South.

Arizona State will enter Edwards’ third season with coaching staff changes at both coordinator positions. Edwards relieved OC Rob Likens of his duties after two years on the job and hired former Boise State offensive play-caller Zak Hill to replace him.

Defensive coordinator Danny Gonzales left after 2019 to take the New Mexico head-coaching job and will be replaced by Tony White, who was already on staff as cornerbacks coach and defensive passing game coordinator.

On the recruiting front, Edwards and staff have done well.

His 2020 recruiting class is currently ranked by 247 Sports as the 24th-best group of newcomers in the nation. ASU brought in the 28th-ranked class a year ago.

“(ASU President) Dr. Michael Crow and I are extremely encouraged with the overall direction of the football program under Coach Edwards and his staff,” Anderson said in a press release. “They have built a foundation that is recruiting at unprecedented levels and we must ensure the continuation of that effort. This five-year commitment to Coach Edwards will demonstrate to prospective student-athletes and their parents the long-term commitment the University has toward his valued leadership.

“Additionally, Coach Edwards and staff have increased the win total, earned two bowl invitations, including one bowl victory, and have developed our young student-athletes at a very high level. We’ve had several freshman All-Americans in the past two years and we played 32 true and redshirt freshmen in 2019. Coach Edwards has assembled an impressive staff of coordinators, full-time assistants, consultants and analysts and has hired and developed young coaches as well, such as Sun Devil alum Derek Hagan.”

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