New Arizona State coach Herm Edwards seems unaware of school's nickname

NATION-NOW     Arizona State hires former NFL coach Herm Edwards     
       Arizona State hires former NFL coach Herm Edwards

The move is still pending approval by the Arizona Board of Regents.

The Sun Devils announced the hiring of former NFL coach and ESPN analyst Herm Edwards as football coach Sunday night, ushering in a new, unexpected era for the program.

Newly appointed Arizona State University NCAA college football head coach Herman Edwards smiles during a news conference, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz.

"Passion for my faith, my family and my occupation as a football coach are the things that have driven me back to the grass", Edwards said in the release.

"We want to recruit, we want to coach, we want to develop and we want to elevate", Anderson said.

It was reported last week that Edwards - out of the college ranks since 1989 - would be the program's new head coach if school president Dr. Michael Crow approved the hire (more on that here).

Edwards, a 63-year-old ESPN analyst and former National Football League head coach, will lead the charge as "a head coach who serves as a CEO", according to athletic director Ray Anderson, Edwards' former National Football League agent.

ASU fired head coach Todd Graham last weekend after leading the Sun Devils to a 46-31 record in six seasons, including a 7-5 record this year. He's also served as a coach for the Under Armour All-American game for the past eight years, working with some of the nation's top high school recruit.

Edwards has been an ESPN analyst since 2009.

In the end, it doesn't matter as long as his Sun Devils "play...to win...the game" and make some noise in the Pac-12.

And the Sun Devils are going to take an NFL-like approach to their coaching now as well. "I am very excited and humbled to be the Arizona State head football coach".

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