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.