The Herm Edwards era at Arizona State University is over, and it’s time for athletic director Ray Anderson to find a replacement.
Anderson needs someone who follows the rules. The Herm train derailed with a number of departures following a recruitment scandal.
He wants someone with college football experience who can be practical. Edwards was always going to be a big-picture guy who relied on others to manage the details, but we see how that turned out.
He wants a winner. University president Michael Crow sees ASU as a top-tier institution in every area it competes in, football being no different.
He needs someone who inspires confidence. Conference realignments aren’t over, ASU needs leverage as the Big 12 looks back. Having the right leader will go a long way toward making ASU an attractive choice.
No candidate is going to check all the boxes, but it’s important that their resume doesn’t have any glaring holes. This is not the best time to choose a wild card.
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Here are a few names to start the conversation:
Former Texas coach Tom Herman was a victim of unrealistic expectations. He was 32-18 in four seasons with the Longhorns, including 4-0 in bowl games. Before that, Herman found success at Houston, including a 13-1 season with a victory in the Peach Bowl. In six seasons, Herman has never had a losing record, finishing in the AP top 25 four times, including the top 10 twice.
Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph has been in town for a few years and is familiar with ASU’s program and culture. Few teams have done better after the fourth goal than the Cardinals under Joseph. He shouldn’t be fired as a head coach in Denver, and he’s honing his skills, having trained in the NFL’s Front Office and Coaches accelerator program last spring. … In addition, his brother has just been hired as the interim coach at Nebraska.
Meyer Urban. ‘Nuff said.
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Bob Stoops, coached nearly 20 years at Oklahoma before stepping down to make room for protégé Lincoln Riley. Stoops’ accomplishments are too numerous to list in full, but he has won five of the New Year’s Six Bowls, as well as an appearance in the BCS Championship game.
Dan Mullen, the former Gators coach was good in his career. He has five top-15 finishes in 13 seasons at Florida and Mississippi State. Things didn’t end well in the Swamp, but maybe he’s ready for another shot?
But let’s assume none of those names work out and Anderson decides to bring a wild card to the wild west. I would advise him to look for someone who has gone off the grid. Grinder won by a program that most people don’t pay attention to. I don’t have a name in mind, but I’m thinking of people like Matt LaFleur and Brian Kelly whose experiences at small schools in Michigan set them up for the success they have today.
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