Wait, maybe Herm Edwards isn’t going to be a terrible college coach

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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.

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.

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.

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