Tucson should be the last sports community to condemn Arizona State’s apparent pursuit of ESPN football analyst Herm Edwards.
You say Edwards can’t coach because he’s been out of coaching since 2008?
What does that say about Tucson’s beloved Steve Kerr? He hadn’t coached a game in his life before he became worshipped for his mentorship of the Golden State Warriors.
And now the esteemed New York Yankees have gone the same way, hiring ESPN analyst Aaron Boone — never a coach or manager — to pilot a Yankees team that seems destined for the World Series.
Perhaps the Sun Devils are as smart as they want us to believe, ahead of the game, in believing Edwards, at 63, can be a front man for a program whose profile in the Phoenix area is fair to middling.
Half of the head coaches in Power 5 football are disposable and almost interchangeable. Many are bristly, confrontational types, not the type of men you want to send into a public setting with cameras and recorders rolling as you represent your university and its platform.
Edwards is different. He’s a salesman, and ASU football, which hasn’t been a steady contender since the 1970s WAC days, needs a salesman more than it needs a man who understands the cover-two defense.
If ASU hires Edwards, the Sun Devils will create a football vibe they have rarely had since Frank Kush’s days.
Six years ago, I wrote — seriously — that Tedy Bruschi would’ve been an intriguing selection to replace Mike Stoops as Arizona’s football coach.
There was no way the UA was going to choose or even consider Bruschi for the job, but I thought a football man with such a special connection, such a dynamic personality, could become the CEO of Arizona football and surround himself with capable defensive coaches as he learned.
ASU athletic director Ray Anderson was an easy target last week, often ridiculed for a rant in which he said the Sun Devils were tired of being average, and that they should finish in the top three of the Pac-12 every year.
That’s a reach, for sure, but at least the Sun Devils are willing to get out of the business of recycling the same old football coaches.