Herm Edwards is now 2-0 as the coach at Arizona State after the Sun Devils erased a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Michigan State 16-13 late Saturday night.
Upset in the desert!
Arizona State knocks off #15 Michigan State 16-13. Herm Edwards gets his first marquee win as ASU HC.pic.twitter.com/fU2GFlYe7C
— CollegeFB News (@CollegeFBNCAA) September 9, 2018
Current status of the Herm Edwards Erapic.twitter.com/2Iz2qFYCZB
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) September 9, 2018
And yeah it’s ridiculously early to say Edwards has flat out proven himself — recruiting is about 75 percent of the job in college, and that will take years to play out — but it’s pretty clear his players are buying in right now. They’re playing to win the games, you might say.
Count me among the many who didn’t think hiring Edwards made any sense at all. He’s 64 and hadn’t coached any football since 2009. His last college gig ended in 1989. Also, I’ve heard him speak. He’s goofy. This all seemed doomed. Maybe it still is. Who knows. It’s sports.
For now, though, this is a wonderful tiny example of nothing going the way we’re convinced it will, despite the fact that we can analyze things at a much deeper level with far more expertise than ever before.
Oh, let’s check in how the big name new coaches are doing vs FBS teams
Herm Edwards: 2-0
Jimbo Fisher: 0-1
Scott Frost: 0-1
Dan Mullen: 0-1
Willie Taggart: 0-1
Chad Morris: 0-1
Jeremy Pruitt: 0-1
Chip Kelly: 0-2
Kevin Sumlin: 0-2 pic.twitter.com/JaNXkW4QT9
— Crazy Sports Dude (@crazysportdude) September 9, 2018
Herm Edwards now has as many wins over Michigan State as Jim Harbaugh does
— Connor Tapp (@ConnorTapp247) September 9, 2018
Herm Edwards just beat Mark Dantonio in his second game at ASU and maybe he really is a genius and I can’t believe I’m typing this.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 9, 2018
Everybody criticized the Herm Edwards hire. Everybody.
Good for Herm Dang Edwards.
— Tom Martin (@TomKCTV5) September 9, 2018
Coaches steeped in college culture talk a lot about instilling culture, and how long it takes. There’s a process that must be suffered through as the “right” players are recruited and the current players “understand” what it means to play for this new coach (as if he’s really all that different from the last one.) These coaches are remarkably transparent about tamping down expectations and buying themselves time and space with the fanbase. In some cases it’s warranted, but come on now: Florida’s backups shouldn’t lose to Kentucky. Ever. That’s nonsense.
But Herm Edwards … he’s just coaching the guys he’s got to be as good as they can be. And it’s working.