For Herm Edwards and the Arizona State football program, you play to win the game. And coach to get your contract extended.
Monday, the latter is exactly what happened as the Sun Devils announced a contract extension for Edwards. The two years tacked onto Edwards’ original deal means he’s signed through 2024. Five-year contracts are the longest allowed under state law.
The school’s release stated that the amended deal still needs to be approved by the Arizona Board of Regents. Terms of the extension weren’t released; those details will be announced at a later date.
The 65-year-old Edwards — he’ll turn 66 in April — just completed his second season at ASU. After going 7-6 in 2018, the Sun Devils posted an 8-5 record this past season. The eight wins were the program’s most since 2014. Making that win total even more impressive? More than 30 true or redshirt freshmen contributed in 2019.
ASU has also beaten rival Arizona in both of Edwards’ seasons.
“We are pleased to announce this two-year contract extension for Head Football Coach Herm Edwards,” said athletic director Ray Anderson. “Dr. Michael Crow (ASU President) and I are extremely encouraged with the overall direction of the football program under Coach Edwards and his staff. They have built a foundation that is recruiting at unprecedented levels and we must ensure the continuation of that effort. This five-year commitment to Coach Edwards will demonstrate to prospective student-athletes and their parents the long-term commitment the University has toward his valued leadership. Additionally, Coach Edwards and staff have increased the win total, earned two bowl invitations, including one bowl victory, and have developed our young student-athletes at a very high level. We’ve had several freshman All-Americans in the past two years and we played 32 true and redshirt freshmen in 2019. Coach Edwards has assembled an impressive staff of coordinators, full-time assistants, consultants and analysts and has hired and developed young coaches as well, such as Sun Devil alum Derek Hagan.”
“It is an honor for myself and my family to serve as Head Football Coach at Arizona State University,” the Arizona State football head coach said in a statement. “We have accomplished a lot in our first two years in Tempe and we look forward to continuing that momentum in all facets of our program. Recruiting is the lifeblood of winning college football games and we are pleased with where we are and we look forward to continued improvement.”