The Herm Edwards era is over at Arizona State University, and it’s time for athletic director Ray Anderson to find a replacement.
Anderson needs someone who plays by the rules. The Herm train ran off the tracks with a slew of departures after a recruitment scandal.
He needs someone with college football experience who can come in handy. Edwards was always going to be a big picture guy who relied on others to handle the details, but we see how that turned out.
He needs a winner. University President Michael Crow considers ASU a premier institution in all areas in which it competes, football is no different.
He needs someone who inspires confidence. Conference realignments aren’t over, ASU needs leverage as the Big 12 look west. Having the right leader will go a long way in making ASU an attractive choice.
No candidate will tick every box, but it is important that there are no glaring holes in their CV. This is not the best time for a generic selection.
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Here are some names to start the conversation:
Tom Herman, the former Texas coach fell victim to unrealistic expectations. He was 32-18 in four seasons with the Longhorns, including 4-0 in bowl games. Prior to that, Herman enjoyed success in Houston, including a 13-1 season with a Peach Bowl victory. In six seasons, Herman has never had a losing record, finishing in the AP top 25 four times, including two top 10 finishes.
Vance Joseph, the Cardinals defensive coordinator has been in town for a few years and is familiar with the ASU program and culture. Few teams have been better at getting past the quarterback than the Cardinals under Joseph. He should never have been fired as a head coach in Denver, and he’s honed his skills, having trained in the NFL Front Office and Coach accelerator program last spring. … Plus, his brother just got hired as an interim coach at Nebraska.
Urban Meyer. ‘Nuff said.
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Bob Stoops, he coached for nearly 20 years in Oklahoma before retiring to make way for his protege Lincoln Riley. Stoops’ accomplishments are too numerous to list in full, but he won five of the New Year’s Six Bowls and he appeared in one BCS Championship game.
Dan Mullen, the former Gators coach has been pretty good in his career. He finished in the top 15 five times in 13 seasons at Florida and Mississippi State. Things didn’t end well in the swamp, but maybe he’s ready for another hit?
But suppose none of those names work, and Anderson decides to bring a wild west wildcard. I would advise him to look for someone who is successful off the grid. A grinder who wins in a program that most people don’t pay attention to. I don’t have a name in mind, but I think of guys like Matt LaFleur and Brian Kelly whose experiences in small schools in Michigan prepared them for the success they enjoy today.
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