TEMPE, AZ (3TVB/CBS 5) -- The train will be running in Tempe for years to come.
On Monday, Arizona State announced a two-year contract extension for head football coach Herm Edwards. The new deal runs through the 2024 season.
“It is an honor for myself and my family to serve as Head Football Coach at Arizona State University,” Edwards said in a statement. “We have accomplished a lot in our first two years in Tempe and we look forward to continuing that momentum in all facets of our program. Recruiting is the lifeblood of winning college football games and we are pleased with where we are and we look forward to continued improvement.”
Edwards' Sun Devils are coming off a 2019 season that saw them go 8-5 overall, capped by a Sun Bowl victory over Florida State. Over his two years at the helm of the program, Edwards has posted a 15-11 overall record with a 9-9 mark in Pac-12 play.
“We are pleased to announce this two-year contract extension for Head Football Coach Herm Edwards,” ASU Athletic Director Ray Anderson in a statement. “Dr. Michael Crow (ASU President) and I are extremely encouraged with the overall direction of the football program under Coach Edwards and his staff. They have built a foundation that is recruiting at unprecedented levels and we must ensure the continuation of that effort. This five-year commitment to Coach Edwards will demonstrate to prospective student-athletes and their parents the long-term commitment the University has toward his valued leadership. Additionally, Coach Edwards and staff have increased the win total, earned two bowl invitations, including one bowl victory, and have developed our young student-athletes at a very high level."
Since his arrival in Tempe, Edwards has overseen an overhaul of the Sun Devil program in an attempt to build a consistent Pac-12 contender. With a foundation of talented young players and greatly improved results in recruiting, ASU could be in line to open the 20202 season ranked in the top 25 for the first time since 2015.
The extension is subject to approval by the Arizona Board of Regents, and the terms will be released prior to the Board of Regents meeting. Edwards had a $2.25-million base salary in 2019.