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ASU President Michael Crow explains why Herm Edwards is still Sun Devils' football coach

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
ASU football coach Herm Edwards appears to still have the backing of Arizona State University President Michael Crow.

The question has dominated talk since the end of the season for Arizona State football fans.

Why is Herm Edwards still the coach of the ASU football team?

Arizona State University President Michael Crow explained why in an interview on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday morning.

Crow, appearing on the Bickley and Marotta Show, addressed Edwards' job security, the NCAA investigation into recruiting violations at ASU and the state of the Sun Devils' football program in the interview with Dan Bickley and Vince Marotta.

"In all of these things where you have people who decide not to play by the rules, those people are gone," Crow said about Edwards still being the Sun Devils' coach. "Now we are looking at what went wrong and why that happened and so forth, so we are still in the thick of that. Coach Edwards has done an outstanding job of upgrading our overall program. We've got this collision of people that decided to not play by the rules relative to recruiting and so we'll be looking at how we can make improvements and so forth and so on, but coach Edwards is responsible for all of the actions of his people but these are not things that he asked them to do. These are not things that he was a part of so we're looking at everything possible. He's brought a lot of talent and a lot of energy and a lot of creativity and now we're dealing with people that couldn't play by the rules and now they are gone."

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Many have called for the Sun Devils to fire Edwards as the team continues to be embroiled in an NCAA investigation into recruiting violations that has resulted in several assistant coaches losing their jobs.

Crow's comments during the interview make it seem like Edwards is safe as ASU's football coach.

Crow addressed the ongoing NCAA investigation in the interview.

"The bad thing about the process of rule violations with the NCAA is that they take so long to work through," he said. "If we had been doing this investigation by ourself we would have gotten the information, taken a look at the facts, taken our actions, made our adjustments and moved forward. I think we are hearing that it is still 10 months away, 12 months away, something on that order and so we've got to work for that process. … We're looking forward to moving forward. Obviously we're making adjustments now, but the NCAA process is a long process and is not near conclusion."

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Crow shared some comments on the state of the ASU football program when asked in the interview if he thought the pro football model at Arizona State was working.

"I think that's a good question and a fair question," he said. "I think that has worked well in terms of trying to put us into a position where we are not looking forward to as coaches through the decades come and go this notion of entire teams coming in and entire teams coming out and that's part of the pro model. I think another consequence of the pro model was perhaps some individuals who weren't as focused on the college rules as they should have been, so they've moved on. What we need to build, what we need to innovate around, around that question is a hybrid model, so we're figuring out how to do this and some of it is the hard way as you can see right now but nonetheless we're figuring out how to do it and we are making progress. Our football program is making progress if you look at it over the last, let's say 45 years, it's making progress. We're going to continue that progress, we're going to continue making changes. We're not going to end up with a simple kind of model, it's this or that, we're going to end up with an ASU model, that's going to be what helps make our program work and the teams that we compete against. So we're happy with the progress, not happy with the stumble here, but happy with the progress."

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ASU went 8-5 overall last season under Edwards, who is now 25-18 in four seasons in Tempe.

The Sun Devils are scheduled to open his fifth season on Sept. 1 hosting Northern Arizona.

Edwards appeared on the Bickley and Marotta Show himself on Tuesday and turned some heads when he talked about trust and whether or not he had been betrayed by some in his program.

"I feel this way, that when you delegate responsibility you have to trust people," Edwards said during the interview on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. "I live in a world like that. I grew up this way. I don't micromanage people. I understand what is going on for the most part, but at the end of the day, football is about trust, by the way. This game is built on trust. … People in the circle you've got to trust each other that they are going to do their job. If they don't, you can't run the play. It doesn't function that way ... Sports is all about trust. It's about the people that you trust that are going to do their jobs correctly and in the right way."

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