Some old comments from former Arizona State football coach Herm Edwards have resurfaced on social media in the wake of ASU’s postseason bowl ban.
And the comments have fired up Sun Devils fans, who are irate at how new coach Kenny Dillingham and his players — who had nothing to do with the recruiting allegations and investigations surrounding the Arizona State program — are being punished for it.
In 2017, Edwards, then an analyst for ESPN, said this about a scandal involving the University of Louisville football program.
“When the head coach says I didn’t know, I’m like, no, no, no, that’s your job to know,” Edwards said on ESPN. “Your name is on this program. The assistant coaches, they come and go. Your name is on the program. That becomes your legacy.”
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Those comments were very different from some comments Edwards made on Arizona Sports’ 98.7 FM in February 2022.
On the Bickley and Marotta Show, Edwards said he doesn’t “micromanage” and that you have to “trust” people when asked if his loyalty had potentially been taken advantage of by previous members of his coaching staff.
He said: “I feel this way, that when you delegate responsibility you have to trust people. I live in a world like that. I grew up this way. I don’t micromanage people. I understand what is going on for the most part, but at the end of the day, football is about trust, by the way. This game is built on trust. … People in the circle you’ve got to trust each other that they are going to do their job. If they don’t, you can’t run the play. It doesn’t function that way … Sports is all about trust. It’s about the people that you trust that are going to do their jobs correctly and in the right way.”
But wasn’t it your name on the program as the head coach, Herm Edwards, not your assistants?
Edwards was eventually fired by Arizona State last season and returned to his job as an analyst at ESPN.
Arizona State hired Dillingham as the new coach after last season.
Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson announced that the Sun Devils were self-imposing a bowl ban for this season on Sunday, which earned the program a lot of criticism from media members, who wanted to know why ASU didn’t impose the bowl ban last season, but that is an entirely different story.
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