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Herm Edwards to interview for ASU head football coach position

Herm Edwards to interview for ASU head football coach position
Posted at 3:50 PM, Nov 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-28 23:55:47-05

Former Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets head coach and current ESPN analyst Herm Edwards will interview for the Arizona State Sun Devils head football coach position this weekend, ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed Tuesday.

Football Scoop reported Tuesday that the 63-year-old Edwards "is a strong candidate to be the next head coach at Arizona State" following ASU athletic director Ray Anderson's decision to fire six-year head coach Todd Graham on Sunday.

Anderson "has been working on this idea for quite some time," Football Scoop reported.

Edwards spent most of his coaching career at the NFL level. After spending three seasons as San Jose State's defensive backs coach, he took the same position with the Chiefs in 1992. He served as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defensive backs coach and assistant coach from 1996-2000 before being hired to his first head coaching job with the Jets.

Edwards posted a 39-41 record in five seasons with the Jets. After the 2005 season, Edwards became one of a handful of NFL coaches to ever be traded when he was dealt by the Jets to the Chiefs in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. 

Edwards went just 15-33 in three seasons at the Chiefs helm before being fired after the 2008 season. Edwards hasn't coached since his dismissal in Kansas City, and he is currently an NFL analyst with ESPN.

Edwards is perhaps best known for his "you play to win the game" rant following a game while he was the Jets' head coach.

Anderson announced the firing of Graham one day after the Sun Devils defeated Arizona to finish the regular season 7-5 overall and 6-3 in Pac-12 play. Anderson was the NFL's executive vice president of football operations before being named ASU's AD in January 2014.

"It’s Anderson’s belief that the Sun Devils’ assistant coaches and Edwards’s ability as a motivator that Arizona State could return to contending for Pac-12 championships," Football Scoop wrote.