Herm Edwards is out at Arizona State after a home loss at Eastern Michigan

Herm Edwards is out at Arizona State after a home loss at Eastern Michigan

Herm Edwards is the second Power Five coach fired in as many weeks.

Arizona State announced on Sunday that it was parting ways with Edwards after the Sun Devils lost 30-21 at Eastern Michigan on Saturday night. The loss dropped ASU to 1-2 after the Sun Devils lost to Oklahoma State in Week 2.

“We have made the decision to change the leadership of our football program, effective immediately,” Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson said in a statement. By mutual agreement, Coach Edwards and I have decided that he will relinquish his duties as our head coach. At the heart of this is doing what is best for our current team, the team and the university. I understand the frustrations out there. We have to do better and that starts with our decision today.”

According to the Devil’s Competitors Summary, Current running backs coach Shaun Aguano will be the team’s interim coach. Just one week before Arizona State made its decision to fire Edwards, Nebraska announced that Scott Frost was out as head coach after a home loss to Georgia Southern.

Arizona State has finished above .500 in each of Edwards’ three full seasons with the team but was the subject of an offseason NCAA investigation into recruiting violations after ASU allegedly hosted recruits on campus during mandated recruiting dead periods at NCAA. Five assistant coaches have left amid the investigation, including defensive coordinator and former NFL linebacker Antonio Pierce.

The Sun Devils also saw several players transfer from the program after the 2021 season including now-LSU starting quarterback Jayden Daniels. The team’s new quarterback is Florida transfer Emory Jones.

Edwards, 68, was hired at Arizona State before the 2018 season by Anderson, Edwards’ former agent. The former NFL coach came to ASU with no college head coaching experience and last coached at the college level in 1989 when he spent his third and final season as San Jose State’s defensive backs coach.

Arizona State went 46-26 in Edwards’ tenure and was 8-5 in both 2019 and 2021. Edwards was brought in to replace Todd Graham after ASU failed to win more than seven games in any of Graham’s last three seasons with the team. But ASU also had two 10-win seasons under Graham — something the school couldn’t accomplish with Edwards as head coach.

Edwards’ future was murky in the hours after the Eastern Michigan loss when school president Michael Crow said the school would be evaluating its football program after the loss.

Prior to coming to Arizona State, Edwards worked as an analyst at ESPN since his NFL coaching career ended in 2008. Edwards coached the New York Jets from 2001-05 and the Kansas City Chiefs from 2006-08 . The Jets were 39-41 in Edwards’ five seasons and made the playoffs in three seasons. The Chiefs were 9-7 in Edwards’ first year but won a combined six games over his final two seasons to drop Edwards’ career NFL coaching record to 54-74.

TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 17: Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Herm Edwards looks on during the college football game between the Eastern Michigan Eagles and the Arizona State Sun Devils on September 17, 2022 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Herm Edwards is out as Arizona State’s head coach. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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