Better known in the National Football League world than the college ranks, Edwards spent a combined eight seasons as the head coach for the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs.
During his introductory press conference on Monday, he got a question from a Devils Digest reporter before Edwards, seemingly surprised by the name of the publication, cut him off to make a joke and let him know he's a Christian man.
Anderson, who spent over eight years as the NFL's executive vice president of football operations, was an agent and used to represent Edwards.
Anderson is thrilled to have Edwards aboard. That said, Edwards had almost zero talent to work with, including a quarterback stable of Tyler Thigpen, Damon Huard, Brodie Croyle and the like.
For ASU fans, though, the more pressing concern will be on how Edwards' arrival will impact the scoreboard inside Sun Devil Stadium.
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ASU fired head coach Todd Graham last weekend after leading the Sun Devils to a 46-31 record in six seasons, including a 7-5 record this year.
This time, Edwards will be calling the shots in college as the new head coach for Arizona State University. 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.
Edwards said his last day at ESPN will be Friday, and then he will be back working for Arizona State and recruiting.
"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.
He accumulated a 54-74 record in the National Football League with four trips to the playoffs and two career playoff wins.