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Days after multiple reports said Herm Edwards would be Arizona State's next football coach, the Sun Devils made it official.

During his introductory press conference on Monday, he got a question from a Devils Digest reporter before Edwards, seemingly surprised by the name of the publication, cut him off to make a joke and let him know he's a Christian man.

Edwards' hiring was complete pending approval by the Arizona Board of Regents, ASU said in a press release. Edwards, a former NFL head coach and current ESPN analyst will assume the head coach position and serve as football CEO according to ASU athletic director Ray Anderson.

It was reported last week that Edwards - out of the college ranks since 1989 - would be the program's new head coach if school president Dr. Michael Crow approved the hire (more on that here).

In his eight seasons as an National Football League head coach, Edwards went 54-74.

Edwards, 63, last coached for a team in 2008 - he worked for the Kansas City Chiefs, but was sacked in January of 2009.

Edwards hasn't been a coach since 2008, but he has remained a visible figure thanks to his job at ESPN as an National Football League analyst.

The Sun Devils fired coach Todd Graham after six seasons on November 26 and wanted to move quickly with the early-signing period for high school recruits starting December 20.

Edwards, who will oversee the New Leadership Model, arrives in Tempe with a football legacy that has impacted thousands, whether as a player, coach, analyst, motivational speaker and author, or community advocate and philanthropist. Bringing in Edwards to run the football program has created a stir nationally and within the Sun Devils' fan base. I stand ready for the challenge of working with them to elevate Sun Devil Football.


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