Edwards, who for the past nine years served as an ESPN NFL analyst, was introduced as the Sun Devils' head coach Monday, ushering in an era that will be scrutinized as a result of the unorthodox direction ASU vice president of athletics Ray Anderson made a decision to go.
Yeahhhh ... despite literally being surrounded by tridents and Sparky and about to do work at Sun Devil Stadium, Edwards seems blissfully unaware of the school's mascot.
Hopefully, the big man upstairs takes no issue.
The department's New Leadership Model will be similar to an National Football League approach using a general manager structure. Anderson also notes that "the head coach will be a dynamic and tireless recruiter".
With Edwards back on the sidelines coaching, more of these sort of exchanges are just bound to continue.
Edwards responded with a joke, but the clip quickly went viral with people suggesting Edwards had no idea he was now coaching the Sun Devils.
Edwards said he's not concerned the gap between his coaching jobs will be problematic.
Edwards, who will oversee the New Leadership Model, arrives in Tempe with a football legacy that has impacted thousands, whether as a player, coach, analyst, motivational speaker and author, or community advocate and philanthropist. He was 39-41 with the Jets, who reached the playoffs three times in his tenure.
"Passion for my faith, my family and my occupation as a football coach are the things that have driven me back to the grass", Edwards said. It's a collaborative approach to managing the ASU football program that includes sport and administrative divisions, which will operate as distinct, but collective units focused on elevating all aspects of Sun Devil Football. "I am very excited and humbled to be the Arizona State head football coach".
The reality is Arizona State fired Todd Graham, who was 46-31 after six seasons.