Arizona State has fired coach Herm Edwards amid NCAA troubles and a 1-2 start to the season, the school confirmed following Chris Karpman of 247Sports affiliate SunDevilSource’s report. The Sun Devils lost 30-21 to Eastern Michigan at home on Saturday in what turned out to be Edwards’ last game at the helm. Prior to his time at Arizona State, Edwards was most well-known for tenure as head coach of the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs. Arizona State onfirmed the firing via a statement from athletic director Ray Anderson.
“Herm Edwards is out as ASU’s head football coach per two people familiar with the decision,” Karpman wrote on Twitter. “ASU staff members were told within the last hour that Edwards would no longer be the team’s coach. Interim head coaching plans are not clear as yet.”
The Sun Devils put themselves in the NCAA’s crosshairs for alleged recruiting violations earlier in Edwards’ tenure, and they remain under investigation. On the field, Arizona State has struggled this season as speculation regarding Edwards’ future mounted. Meanwhile, ASU’s recruiting slumped to No. 56 in the 2022 class according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite Team Rankings. The Sun Devils currently rank No. 92 for the 2023 cycle.
Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports included former Florida and Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, and Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken as potential candidates to replace Edwards.
“We have made the decision to make a change in the leadership of our football program, effective immediately,” Anderson said in his statement. “By mutual agreement, Coach Edwards and I have determined that he will relinquish duties as our head coach. At the core of this is doing what is best for our current team, staff and university. I understand the frustrations out there. We must do better and that starts with our decision today.
Arizona State went 8-5 last year but lost starting quarterback Jayden Daniels to LSU via the NCAA transfer portal and entered the 2022 campaign picked 10th in the Pac-12 in the preseason media poll. The Sun Devils then lost 34-17 at Oklahoma State last week. After the loss to Eastern Michigan, Edwards openly expressed disappointment with the program’s current state.
“We’re all disappointed,” Edwards said, via Cole Bradley of SunDevilSource. “I’m probably more disappointed than anybody because I talked about it all week. As much as I do in my power to reach the team and say, ‘Man you can’t fall into this trap.’ And we did. And I’m not taking anything away from Eastern Michigan, they did a great job. They deserved to win the game.
“I don’t know if it’s coaching. I just think it’s everything. It’s all of it, it’s everything. Coaches, players we all — when we lose everybody loses. We got to do a better job.”