Much of the talk surrounding Herm Edwards’ job security as Arizona State’s football coach was snuffed out when ASU athletic director Ray Anderson indicated Edwards would be back. after the Sun Devils’ victory over Arizona in November.
Recent activity in ASU’s football program has reignited talk of Edwards’ potential firing.
Five ASU assistant coaches have now lost their jobs as a result of the NCAA’s investigation into recruiting violations at Tempe, either through resignations or firings, and several writers are again calling for Edwards to be fired as a coach as an Arizona state overseer. program.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic is one such writer.
He recently called for Edwards (along with recruiting coordinator Antonio Pierce, who has been away from ASU since Wednesday afternoon), to be ousted in Tempe.
He wrote: “What’s not clear is why Antonio Pierce, the program’s recruiting coordinator, is still employed. And head coach Herm Edwards, for that matter. ASU President , Michael Crow, should ask athletic director Ray Anderson to clean up the football program. And if Anderson doesn’t fire Edwards, his old friend, then he has to leave too. … ASU, which presents itself as a leader in the innovation, refuses to take bold steps to fix his football program. He continues to employ the assistant who coordinated recruiting when recruiting rules were violated. And he continues to employ the head coach who oversaw the recruiting coordinator and the four deceased assistants linked to the scandal. This is not innovation.
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Jon Wilner of San Jose Mercury News called Edwards’ coach seat “hot” and wrote that no Pac-12 coach’s seat is hotter than the coach’s seat. KNEW.
He wrote: “The Sun Devils did not significantly improve their position in the conference during Edwards’ tenure – the best that can be said is that ASU was one second half away (at Utah ) to lead the South Division. Entering the final month of Edwards’ fourth year. Meanwhile, the recruiting scandal has cost four assistants their jobs. And according to a published report, NCAA investigators have been told that Edwards knew about or participated in the inappropriate activities during the dead period. . Overall, no conference program faces a more dire immediate future.”
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Wilner also addressed the state of the ASU program in a column asking why Edwards was still employed by Arizona State.
“Will Edwards stay in charge? If it’s true that he participated in or knew about recruiting visits during the off period, he should be fired – of course he should be fired. But because Edwards is close friends and former business partners of athletics director Ray Anderson, Anything is Possible Anderson once told the players (after the regular season finale against Arizona) that Edwards would be returning for 22. We don’t don’t think it’s that simple.If the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations is given to ASU before the season, and if Edwards is implicated, the optics would force the Sun Devils to act (besides, why would Edwards want to continuing to train under these circumstances? The stares and criticism would be intense.) The deeper the ASU sinks, the longer the ASU resists, the greater the damage and the longer the recovery. program for its next chapter, after the NC AA has pronounced the sanctions and the cloud the scandals are fading.”
Edwards’ name also appears on several early “coaches in the hot seat” lists for 2022, including those from BetMGM and Bleacher Report.
But the writers aren’t the only ones wondering why Edwards still has a job at ASU.
ASU fans have taken to social media to express their displeasure that he is still the coach of the Sun Devils.
65.8% of voters in an azcentral sports poll voted for both Edwards and Pierce to be fired from the state of Arizona. 5.2% voted that the school should just fire Edwards and 7.2% voted that it should just fire Pierce.
21.7% voted that neither Edwards nor Pierce should be fired.
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Several shared their thoughts on Twitter and Facebook:
Joshua Donn: “Yes. You have a blatant disregard for the rules on the pitch (see penalties) and off the pitch (recruitment violations) – if we weren’t happy with CTG and the results they gave us, why are we just letting Herm do the same thing with more distractions and potential penalties?”
Jayson Bailey: “The only thing I can think of that remotely justifies Crow and/or the ABOR not firing HE and AP YET is that they are working on a case to be terminated with cause so that they don’t have to pay contracts.”
Deniz Michael: “So this guy can’t get 4-star or 5-star recruits but still gets violations. What a joke this program has become. It was better under Dirk, Todd and Dennis. BTW according to Rivals ASU is ranked 91st in recruiting, yeah 91st.”
Steven August: “There’s a Dumpster Fire in Tempe.”
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