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ESPN Calls Arizona State's Herm Edwards Hiring A "Massive" Gamble

Herm Edwards answers questions from Arizona State press.

ESPN published its recap of the 2017 college football coaching carousel today.

College football writer Adam Rittenberg broke down what was maybe the craziest coaching carousel the sport has ever seen.

In it, he discussed Arizona State's hiring of Herm Edwards, which he called a "massive" gamble.

I'm not against out-of-the-box decisions, especially for an ASU program trying to increase its profile in a competitive league. But Anderson better be right with the Edwards experiment, or the damage to Arizona State will be staggering and long-lasting. No one in the industry can make sense of what has happened in Tempe the past few weeks. Anderson fired Todd Graham despite a second-place finish in the Pac-12 North, sending him away with a $12 million buyout not subject to mitigation. The former NFL agent then hired Edwards, a onetime client who last coached in college in 1989 and went 20 games under .500 in the pros. Next came a bewildering news release that, among other things, emphasized the importance of keeping Graham's assistants. Both coordinators have already departed ASU, and Anderson's grand plan is looking shakier by the day.

Arizona State has already lost multiple assistants since hiring Edwards. Maybe it will all work out in spectacular fashion, but this has a recipe for a major disaster, too.

You can read his full recap here.