Herm Edwards Introduced As Arizona State Head Coach And He May Not Know What Their Mascot Is
Arizona State formally introduced Herm Edwards as their new football head coach on Monday morning in Tempe, Arizona. Herm Edwards started his press conference in classic Herm Edwards style — speaking his mind, fiery, and optimistic.
— Pacific Takes (@PacificTakes) December 4, 2017
"Football ignites my soul." – Herm Edwards, @FootballASU head coach
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Then things got a little weird. Edwards, who is a former NFL coach, was asked a question by a publication called Devils Digest and Herm riffed on the site’s name, which is based on the mascot of Arizona State. “’Devils Digest?’ I’m Catholic now, I’m Christian, watch out for them Devils. I’m just saying. We’re good brother, we’re good. I ain’t takin it personal.”
Anyone want to tell him? pic.twitter.com/ugrpCVNBY6
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Arizona State’s mascot is a Sun Devil. I’m not 100% sure that Herm Edwards knew that ASU’s mascot is a Sun Devil. Poor Sparky the Sun Devil gets no respect.
In ASU’s official statement of the hiring of Edwards, who has spent the past nine years as an NFL analyst for ESPN, they compared him to being the CEO of the football program. “Our goal for this football program is to reach unprecedented heights, and therefore we need to find a way to operate more innovatively and efficiently than we have in the past,” Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson said in a statement. “In the spirit of innovation, our vision for this program is to have a head coach who serves as a CEO and is the central leader with a collaborative staff around him that will elevate the performance of players and coaches on the field, in the classroom and in our community. Equally important, the head coach will be a dynamic and tireless recruiter.” But the CEO should really know the company’s mascot.