Quotes From Herm Edwards' Bizarre Arizona State Introductory Press Conference, Ranked


The former New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs head coach hadn't conducted a press conference in a while.

Herm Edwards has officially been named the new coach of the Arizona State Sun Devils football team, after spending nine years with ESPN as an NFL analyst. Arizona State's mascot is the Sun Devils, and it's not entirely clear that Edwards knows that.

During his introductory press conference on Monday, he got a question from a Devils Digest reporter before Edwards, seemingly surprised by the name of the publication, cut him off to make a joke and let him know he's a Christian man.

The wording here, however, is unique, as Arizona State states "the department's New Leadership Model will be similar to an National Football League approach using a general manager structure". "Equally important, the head coach will be a dynamic and tireless recruiter", Ray Anderson, ASU's vice president of athletics, said in the release.

This will mark Edwards' second go-around at the collegiate level, but his first as a head coach.

The news was originally reported on Wednesday by SunDevilSource.com, and was approved by ASU president Michael Crow over the weekend.

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This season, Arizona State posted a 7-5 record and face N.C. State in the Sun Bowl on December 29.

With Edwards back on the sidelines coaching, more of these sort of exchanges are just bound to continue.

"In the spirit of innovation, our vision for this program is to have a head coach who serves as a CEO and is the central leader with a collaborative staff around him that will elevate the performance of players and coaches on the field, in the classroom and in our community", Arizona State AD Ray Anderson said in a statement.

Edwards said he's not concerned the gap between his coaching jobs will be problematic.

"Passion for my faith, my family and my occupation as a football coach are the things that have driven me back to the grass", said Edwards. Graham was 46-31 in six seasons for Arizona State.