Arizona State staffers reportedly helped bring down Herm Edwards by leaking info to opponents
How much did Arizona State want Herm Edwards out as head coach? Reportedly, coaches were willing to throw him under the bus for a chance to send him packing.
According to a report from The Athletic shared by the RedditCFB Twitter account, athletic department staffers were willing to share their game plans with opposing coaches to make it seem as if Edwards was in over his head. Per The Atheltic’s Doug Haller, getting intel on the Sun Devils’ game plan “wasn’t hard” as the staff had checked out on Edwards running the show.
If true, this makes Wakey Leaks look like child's play – rumors that ASU staffers were leaking information on their own team to opponents to try to get Herm Edwards fired. https://t.co/nRrODvsyAM pic.twitter.com/lLZ5D10spS
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 20, 2022
Following an embarrassing 30-21 loss to Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Arizona State announced that the school was making “a change in leadership” by “mutually agreeing” to part ways with Edwards. The 68-year-old finished his time in Tempe with a 26-20 overall record with Sun Devils, never winning more than 8 games in a season.
Edwards likely will be remembered for his time off the field than his time on it. Over the past year, the NCAA has investigated recruiting allegations within Sun Devils’ program. Edwards was accused of hosting recruits during the non-contact period put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The results led to five coaches, along with several players, leaving the staff within the course of the offseason.
Early names expected to be in the running for the Sun Devils’ opening include Auburn coach Bryan Harsin, former Texas coach Tom Herman, former TCU coach Gary Patterson and USC defensive coordinator Alex Grinch.