Good thing it’s not a job.

Well, at least Herm Edwards is dispensing with subtlety.

Arizona State football is trying to become more NFL-like, and first-year head coach Herm Edwards sent a harsh NFL-style message to his team Tuesday.

Edwards told his players before they began the fourth week of spring practice that cuts likely are coming, including to some with scholarships if performance dictates after the spring game April 13.

Edwards, an NFL head coach for eight years, then repeated that message to the media after practice, saying any scholarship players who are cut would retain their financial aid if they opt to stay at ASU as a student.

But, Herm, you’re not in the NFL.  These are student-athletes.  Are you sure you’re supposed to be using the word “cut” here?

When Edwards was hired, ASU created a new leadership model patterned after an NFL front office that brings athletic administrators into roles with players development, personnel and recruiting.

“You’re accountable to compete every day,” Edwards said. “You don’t lose your scholarship, you lose the ability to play. It’s always worked that way in football. That’s how you become a competitive team. You want to get in the two-deep. You should want to play. You don’t want to sit four years and sit the bench.”

Edwards said having fewer players short term due to cuts would not hurt because, typically, 45 players are used in a game.

It’s going to be an interesting season, to say the least.

Really, if, you want to play for Edwards, what can you say?  This, I guess, if you’re buying in.

“Being at Arizona State, I’ve seen people come and go. Coaches, players. It’s not a big deal any more. That’s what you’ve got to expect in the NFL. Guys come and go, they get cut.”

But, kid, you’re not in the NFL.  You’re an amateur, right?

“It’s professionalism at its finest,” Wilkins said. “It’s going to be a rude awakening when they go from student-athlete to student. I think that’s how it has to be. There’s got to be competition at every single point. When there’s not competition is when people get stagnant, and being complacent is when things start going bad.”

I bet Larry Scott is having a shit fit right now.


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19 responses to “Good thing it’s not a job.

  1. TnDawg

    This will be funny as hell to watch. Recruiting will be interesting. “Play for me, if you don’t get cut.”


  2. Derek

    An aphorism for our times:

    “There is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.”

    H.L. Mencken


  3. ChiliDawg

    I was particularly a fan of how he made the insinuation that guys who are hurt will be cut. Encouraging guys to play hurt or lose their scholarships seems like a really great way to reinforce that they are amateurs.


  4. Will you be surprised if Kids with NFL ambitions (and maybe talent) want
    to play for him because this will prepare them for the League?


    • You mean he’s the only coach in college football with that to offer?


    • ChiliDawg

      I think you’re overvaluing his appeal to recruits. Nobody in that age bracket knows who the hell Herm Edwards is. He hasn’t coached in 10 years. And he was fired ten years ago because he was garbage. So, he can go out there and say “I’ll get you ready for the league,” but who the hell is Herm Edwards to know how to prepare them for the league? Every single other coach he’s recruiting against can ask one question and destroy that claim – “who’s the last player Herm Edwards put in the NFL?” You think there’s a single recruit alive who will buy what Herm Edwards is selling over Chip Kelly? Kevin Sumlin will be recruiting in the same state. Who do you think has a better pitch?

      I think this is quite literally the worst hire I’ve ever seen.


  5. DeutschDawg

    So I’m guessing walk-on’s need not apply as they aren’t good enough to compete in the 45. Man, so many questions I want answered now but will have to wait after year 2 of his reign to see what happens.


  6. Macallanlover

    Entire ASU situation seems bizarre, as if the AD and new staff just dropped in from another planet and set up shop. Imagine being a fan of the Sun Devils and wondering how your program recovers from this weirdness.



    If kids keep their scholarships, I really don’t see the big deal..


    • Russ

      Does “financial aid” = “scholarship”? I don’t know. If they do keep an equivalent scholarship, then yeah, it’s not as big of a deal.


      • ChiliDawg

        No, it doesn’t. Financial aid is something most students can apply for, the amount they get varies and rarely does it cover the entire cost of attendance. Saying that the players he’s cutting from scholarship can still get financial aid is like saying someone dropped from health insurance can still get medical attention.


  8. Thorn Dawg

    This might be worse than the Tennessee debacle. Everything he says is bad leadership. People don’t buy in with threats. What a joke.


  9. South FL Dawg

    Looks more like a job when he puts it that way. And doesn’t look like anyone at the school cares.