Arizona State announces 'mutual' parting of ways with coach Herm Edwards, effective immediately
Arizona State has fired Herm Edwards.
The news was first reported by Sun Devil Source publisher Chris Karpman and officially announced by the program shortly after. Edwards is out as the Sun Devils’ head coach less than 24 hours after the team suffered a stunning loss at home to Eastern Michigan. Arizona State informed the rest of Edwards’ staff Sunday afternoon he would no longer coach the team, according to Karpman.
Running back coach Shaun Aguano will take over as the interim head coach, per The Athletic’s Doug Haller.
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“We have made the decision to make a change in the leadership of our football program, effective immediately,” athletic director Ray Anderson said in a statement. “By mutual agreement, Coach Edwards and I have determined that he will relinquish duties as our head coach. At the core of this is doing what is best for our current team, staff and university. I understand the frustrations out there. We must do better and that starts with our decision today.”
Edwards entered the season firmly on the hot seat in spite of an 8-5 campaign in 2021. The program is currently being investigated by the NCAA for alleged recruiting violations under Edwards’ watch and, as a result, interest in the program from both a recruiting standpoint and a fan standpoint has dipped.
Things reached a low point Saturday night when ASU dropped to 1-2 on the season with a 30-21 loss to Eastern Michigan. The Eagles ran for over 300 yards as Edwards’ team was routinely beaten at the line of scrimmage.
After the game, Arizona State president Michael Crow offered little in the way of support.
“They showed up to play, and we didn’t. That’s basically the outcome,” Crow said, according to The Arizona Republic. “Like anything, when you’re in combat, you support your officers. And we’re in combat. But we’ll have to decide where we’re going from here and decide what the issues are and see where we’re headed.”
Edwards was 26-20 as the ASU coach.
The Sun Devils host No. 13 Utah on Saturday.