Herm Edwards was sacked as Arizona State’s football coach in his fifth season after a humiliating home defeat to Eastern Michigan and a continuing NCAA investigation into improper recruiting methods. They are still waiting to hear whether the NCAA will impose any penalties. After the Sun Devils’ 30-21 loss against Mid-American Conference opponent Eastern Michigan on Saturday, which they were heavily favored to win, Arizona State’s athletic director Ray Anderson made the announcement on Sunday.
At Arizona State, Edwards has a 46–26 record, including 1-2 this year and 17–14 in the Pac–12. Under Edwards, the Sun Devils were never a season away from eight victories. Shaun Aguano, who coaches running backs, will act as temporary head coach.
In a statement, Anderson stated, “We have decided to make a change in the leadership of our football program, starting immediately. Coach Edwards and I have agreed that he will step down from his role as our head coach. Doing what is best for our present team, employees, and institution is at the heart of this. I am aware of the frustrations experienced today. We must improve, and it all starts with the choice we make today.”