The move is still pending approval by the Arizona Board of Regents.
Arizona State announced Sunday night it is taking a new "NFL approach" to building a college football program by both naming Herm Edwards its new coach and sharing its plans for a "general manager structure" within the Sun Devils program.
"During my years with and around the NFL, there is not a more respected man that has the passion for the game of football like that of Herm Edwards", said Anderson.
The school said in a release that Edwards will oversee a "New Leadership Model" that's similar to the National Football League approach using a general manager structure.
In his press conference after firing of Todd Graham, Vice President for University Athletics Ray Anderson expressed his desire to retain assistant coaches Billy Napier and Phil Bennett, and it appears that ASU wants Napier to continue to run the offense, according to Dan Wolken of USA Today.
This season, Arizona State posted a 7-5 record and face N.C. State in the Sun Bowl on December 29.
The former National Football League coach is now the 46th head coach of the program and it's also the first time Edwards hasn't coached at the collegiate level since 1989, but he made it clear that he's in Tempe to take the program to newer heights as well as evolve young athletes into men. Edwards previously coached in the National Football League with the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs before serving as an analyst at ESPN since 2009.
Edwards has been with ESPN since 2009.
And the Sun Devils are going to take an NFL-like approach to their coaching now as well. I stand ready for the challenge of working with them to elevate Sun Devil Football. Graham, who was under contract through 2021, will still coach the team in the Hyundai Sun Bowl Dec. 29. "I am very excited and humbled to be the Arizona State head football coach".