Report: Arizona State staffers were leaking info to help opponents, get Herm Edwards fired
In the wake of Sunday’s news Herm Edwards will no longer be the head coach at Arizona State, The Athletic’s Doug Haller took a lengthy look at the Edwards tenure in Tempe and how things fell apart.
Though Edwards never had a losing season, he entered the 2022 campaign very firmly on the hot seat. So much so, according to Haller, that people inside the athletic department were loose with team intel in the hopes of inducing a coaching change.
From Haller’s report:
An opposing coach recently told The Athletic that it wasn’t hard to get intel on this season’s team because some within Arizona State athletics wanted a coaching change.
That’s not what you want to see.
Haller also reported that Edwards “never bothered” to familiarize himself with NCAA bylaws and made some in the department feel he had to be babysat.
Edwards and Arizona State officially ‘parted ways’ on Sunday, less than 24 hours after the Sun Devils lost 30-21 to Eastern Michigan at home. Athletic director Ray Anderson termed the separation not as a firing, but as Edwards “relinquishing” his duties as head coach.
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. Edwards went 26-20 as the program’s head coach.
The Sun Devils host No. 13 Utah on Saturday.