Arizona State Training Candidates: Matt Rolle, Byron Liftwich, Dan Mullen Lead Options to Replace Herm Edwards

Herm Edwards fire sunday Only three games in his fifth season in Arizona. The missteps that got Edwards to this point remain too funny to notice.

When he was hired, Edwards was seen as an honorable, experienced alternative to inexperienced cheaters. But he hasn’t trained in college in 29 years. No problem, said sporting director Ray Anderson, Edwards’ former agent. This would be a model for the NFL where Herm could serve as CEO. Someone else might take on the details like, you know, enlistment.

Critics were told not to worry about Edwards as a recruit. Although he hasn’t coached in college in 29 years, Edwards will be at Arizona State University as a figurehead. This is fine if you are Bobby Bowden and have built a program from scratch. It’s another thing to inherit the Pac-12 halfway through that it hadn’t had a plan until then.

Edwards wasn’t bad (26-20). He will likely have a permanent offer to return to ESPN as the kind of thoughtful and serious analyst. But he wasn’t a good fit for a program at a beleaguered conference and eventually found himself in a massive recruitment scandal of his own making.

Now, as an Arizona State fan, you have to trust Anderson to lead your search for training. It’s already 0-1. You also have to trust President Michael Crowe, from Turned on Edwards Faster than tempo offense.

I’ve always said it’s hard to screw up Arizona. Atmosphere. West Coast. The city of Tempe. You should be able to find 85 skilled players to kill to play there. Yeah, well, the last Rose Bowl perfume at Arizona State University was in 1997.

Here are the top candidates to drive Arizona out of the desert:

1. Matt Rowley, Carolina Panthers coach: The captain in the club if interested. Anderson loves the NFL guys (obviously). If Rhule left the leopards and was not kidnapped NebraskaIt shouldn’t be a difficult decision for Arizona. Dave Aranda in Baylor He’s still using the players Rhule left behind who helped him win the Big 12 Championship last season. The skilled program creator will be at his home in the desert.

2 – Byron Liftwich, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator: Previous Marshall The star quarterback is in his fourth year as a boss attack manager. Tom Brady loves it. Leftwich already has a Super Bowl episode. Bruce Arians said he would not have returned to the Buck family had it not been for Liftwich. Underrated talent you better believe Anderson has on his radar. NFL teams may also be interested.

3. Dan Mullen, ESPN Analyst: Mullen needs to bounce back after Florida expertise. He’s on a model year-long TV Analyst Rehabilitation Tour to keep his name out there. Not that he needed it. Arizona needs ID. Mullen, with his offensive bit, would be that identity. Yes, it is quirky. Maybe more. But as currently regulated, Mullen could win the Pac-12 race. thus.

4 – Todd Monken, Georgia Offensive Coordinator: Monkin needs a master coaching job – now. If for no other reason than he took quarterback Stetson Bennett and made him one of the best offensive players in the country. He has a national championship ring. Monken has a lot of experience in the NFL — recently, unlike Herm, who hasn’t coached at all since 2008 before attending ASU. Head training experience also in an unsuccessful short tour of Miss South.

5. Hugh Friese, freedom Fitness Trainer: We continue to enter the name Freeze in this spot. Sooner or later, Power Five will take a shot. It wouldn’t be too risky. Time heals all the wounds of an NCAA investigation. Freeze is a great attacking mind with plenty of head coaching experience whose mistakes in the past can be examined but eventually overcome by Crow.

6 – Brian Harsin, Auburn Fitness Trainer: Harsin could be the next coach to leave the house, perhaps as soon as this week. We will never get bored of the failures in Auburn by Auburn. Harsin was a poor fit for The Plains, and his fault wasn’t so much of him. It was from the start. Harsin is a West Coast guy whose style and personality fit in with the Southwest. I fully expect to come back to Boise State At some point if Arizona didn’t lure him in.

7 – Dion Sanders, Jackson State Fitness Trainer: Anderson exited the script with the hiring of Edwards. Why don’t we throw another ball? I’m not sure if Sanders’ training at the highest level matches his mouth, but I’ll buy a front row seat to watch. Arizona isn’t one of the best in the Pac-12, but it definitely needs a shot of adrenaline. Taking into account the Florida Likely not open, Sanders would be a bold choice.

8. Tom Hermann, CBS Sports Analyst: Hermann has been away for a long time. Well, it’s been less than two years since you left Texas, but he still has a lot to give to the college game as head coach. Remember when Hermann was the hottest thing Ohio State And the Houston? There is still a lot of that energy left.

9. Florida State Coach Mike Norville: A month ago, Norville was the runaway No. 1 candidate to replace Edwards. Then the season began, Arizona headed south and Norville 3-0 in the middle of what appears to be a turnaround in Florida. Arizona State University would have served as a back-up as the former coordinator of the Sun Devils attack. Now, it seems far-fetched.

10. Justin Wilcox, California Fitness Trainer: Wilcox is a brilliant defensive mind that needs space – and budget – to grow. It’s a constant struggle at Cal, which isn’t as committed to football as it is to other programs even at the conference. Not so in Arizona, which would pay for the right guy.

11. Rick Newhazel, CBS Sports Analyst: The 61-year-old Neuheisel lives in the Phoenix area and has a brilliant football mind with deep ties to the West Coast. He doesn’t necessarily fit in with Anderson’s profile of a young employee. We have a solution. Arizona will need something unique as it will likely take the NCAA exam. It also needs to step aside. Crowe is an arrogant presence who turns against Edwards in a heartbeat. Divide the kid into two and make Neuheisel the new man’s assistant head coach/offensive coordinator.