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Arizona State part ways with Elm Edwards: Sun Devils to coach 3 games in 5th season

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Arizona State manager Helm Edwards chose to part Sunday less than 24 hours after the Sun Devils lost 30-21 to Eastern Michigan, ending Edwards’ 1-2 dominance in his fifth season. got off to a solid start. Despite not losing a single season with a 26-20 record, Edwards will join his 2022 campaign at Arizona State under his NCAA investigation.

“We have decided to change the leadership of our football program,” said Ray Anderson, vice president of athletics at Arizona State University. I have decided to relinquish my duties.” must do better, and that starts with today’s decision.”

Running Backs coach Sean Aguano has been named interim head coach and will be his official successor.

Edwards’ resignation came after Arizona President Michael Crow publicly criticized the state of the program in a conversation with USA Today. We need to determine where we are going from here, what the problem is, and see where we are going. ”

Hired as “head coach and CEO” to oversee what Arizona State University calls an “NFL approach” to building a college football program, Edwards charged with ‘new leadership model’ It was supposed to use the “general manager system” to take the team to new heights.

Instead, the Sun Devils were pretty mediocre on the field, finishing one game above . 500 in three seasons under Edwards, posting a 1-2 record in bowl games.Edwards has also caused significant controversy off the field as the program has been slammed Host prospects during extended recruitment dead period Enacted for safety reasons during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the investigation began, multiple coaches have resigned, including former recruiting coordinator/defensive coordinator Antonio Pierce and former offensive coordinator Zach Hill. A certain Chris Hawkins, tight end coach Adam Brenneman also left the program during the investigation.

Crow expressed frustration at the slow pace at which the investigation, which began in June 2021, is progressing.

“I know I haven’t said anything outside of the office because the NCAA has asked me not to say anything,” Crowe told The Athletic. I don’t think they’re even interviewing the rest of our coaches yet.”

The leadership model that Edwards pitched to the masses when he was hired hasn’t resonated with recruits either, as evidenced by the Sun Devils’ national rankings in the 247Sports Composite since he took over the program.

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The Sun Devils never finished in the final AP Top 25 under Edwards’ watch, going 1-2 in bowl games and winning one in the 2019 Sun Bowl against a Florida State team that recently fired former coach Willie Taggart. did.

Edwards came to Arizona after a long career as an NFL coach and television analyst. He was 54-74 in his eight seasons with the New York Jets (2001-05) and Kansas City Chiefs (2006-08). Anderson, who hired Edwards at ASU, was his agent during his tenure as an NFL coach.