It’s been a wild few days on the coaching carousel and the Arizona State football program decided it wanted to get in on the madness.
Tuesday night, a report from 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Paul Calvisi stated former NFL head coach turned ESPN analyst Herm Edwards is a “serious candidate to replace Todd Graham as Arizona State’s head coach.”
Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson, who is a former NFL executive, reportedly wants a coach with NFL ties.
Edwards certainly fits that bill.
The 63-year-old coach led the New York Jets from 2001-05, before accepting the head coaching job of the Kansas City Chiefs from 2006-08.
Edwards served as the defensive backs coach from 1987-89, which is his only college coaching experience.
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason and Michigan passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton are also reportedly on the short list of Sun Devils candidates.
If Edwards is hired, he is expected to retain defensive coordinator Phil Bennett and offensive coordinator Billy Napier.