The 63-year-old Edwards, who has served as an ESPN analyst for the past nine years after being fired by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008, will also serve as the CEO of what the Arizona State football program is dubbing its New Leadership Model. "That's what I do".
"Football ignites my soul", Edwards said.
Graham, who will coach Arizona State through its appearance in the Sun Bowl against North Carolina State on December 29, compiled a 95-60 record in six seasons.
"When you sign on to do something, you finish", he said. Coordinators and assistant coaches will also have "more flexibility in how they develop student-athletes on the field".
In the game in 2012, Edwards had both Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston and Oakland Raiders receiver Amari Cooper on his team and to shed some light on the simplicity of coaching, he shared a story about introducing those players to each other that week. An enthusiastic speaker, he laid out his role in bringing higher-caliber players into the program than has been done at the school in the past.
Don't think I've heard that one before! If anything, the Sun Devils will receive a jolt of energy and excitement with this hire.
The school held a presser today to formally announce the hiring, and for some reason, yet another agent vouched for Edwards's skill and integrity.
Edwards posted a 39-41 record in five seasons with the Jets. However his Chiefs tenure was shorter and much worse with an overall record after three years of 15-33. Edwards' last experience at the college level was as the defensive backs coach at San Jose State from 1987-1989.
Edwards spent 10 seasons (1977-86) in the National Football League as a cornerback, the first nine with the Philadelphia Eagles.