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2017 Schedule
7-5, 2nd in Pac 12 - South
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15hAdam Rittenberg

Sun Devils DC Bennett leaving after Sun Bowl

Phil Bennett says he met twice with new Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards before deciding he would step down as defensive coordinator after the Sun Bowl.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona State defensive coordinator Phil Bennett will not remain with the program. "While I would have liked for [Bennett] to remain on the coaching staff, I do appreciate the fact that he has chosen not to stay based upon family reasons," coach Herm Edwards said in a statement. "Family always comes first and right now he needs to turn his attention to that. My top priorities right now going forward are to solidify our recruiting class and to assemble a defensive coaching staff. Both objectives are moving along quite well."

First Take pays tribute to Herm Edwards (0:42)
Herm not worried relating to players (2:05)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

As expected, Arizona State coach Herm Edwards is retaining the entire offensive staff. Offensive coordinator Billy Napier has been promoted to associate head coach, and ASU is retaining offensive line coach Rob Sale, wide receivers coach Rob Likens and running backs coach John Simon.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona State announced coach Herm Edwards has promoted offensive coordinator Billy Napier to associate head coach and will retain running backs coach John Simon, receivers coach Rob Likens and offensive line coach Robe Sale.

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8dKyle Bonagura

Now begins the great Herm Edwards experiment

Herm Edwards hasn't coached in nearly a decade, and whether he will make Arizona State successful remains to be seen. One thing is certain: The Sun Devils are a lot more interesting.

Herm Edwards: 'Football ignites my soul' (1:43)
Herm to bring the energy to ASU (1:55)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona State's "coaching search," beginning last Sunday and ending with tonight's announcement of Herm Edwards, essentially had only one candidate. No one else truly entered the conversation. I heard the school reached out to Baltimore Ravens assistant Greg Roman to gauge interest earlier this fall, but once it didn't materialize with Roman, AD Ray Anderson turned his attention to Edwards.

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9dKyle Bonagura

Sun Devils hire Herm Edwards as head coach

Arizona State has hired Herm Edwards as its head coach after the former NFL coach and current ESPN analyst emerged as a leading candidate last week.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona State has officially named Herm Edwards its head coach.

Herm to ASU not official yet (0:33)
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Reports: Edwards in line to be Sun Devils coach

Former NFL coach and current ESPN analyst Herm Edwards is in line to become Arizona State's next football coach, pending approval of the university president, according to multiple reports.

Herm has missed coaching football (1:07)
Edwards to Arizona State? (0:51)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

I heard Herm Edwards' name earlier today from an agent of an NFL coach whom I thought would be in the mix for Arizona State job. It was certainly a surprise, but also fits what I've heard about what AD Ray Anderson is doing with the search. Anderson is focused on minority candidates with NFL roots. While most in the college game think Kevin Sumlin is perfect for ASU, Anderson likely will go out on his own with this hire. Should be fascinating to say the least.

Team Stats

Passing Yards247.749th
Rushing Yards179.950th
Points For31.941st
Points Against31.3Tied-88th