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Herm Edwards video resurfaces amid Arizona State football NCAA recruiting investigation

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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ASU head football coach Herm Edwards watched the ASU women's basketball team play Utah at Desert Financial Arena in Tempe, Ariz. on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022.

Before coaching at Arizona State, Herm Edwards was an analyst for ESPN who often gave motivational-type speeches to players, including NFL rookies.

One of those speeches is coming back to haunt Edwards amid the school's NCAA recruiting investigation.

After ASU fired a couple of Edwards' assistants (and saw a couple of others resign), @ASU_SuperFan retweeted a video of Edwards tweeted out from The Coaches' Journal on Jan. 1, 2020 in which Edwards talks about habits.

"We are a collection of our choices," the ASU coach says in the video. "That's what you are. Your habits create who you are, eventually. And here's the kicker, when you think that you are not doing the details and you think that you are fooling the coach, yeah, I'm studying at night, I'm doing what I am supposed to do.  There's the true problem in life. What we do in the dark may come to the light. You will get exposed. You will one day get exposed. You want to get better? You really want to get better? It ain't on the coach, it ain't on your position coach, it's the guys in the group. You compete against you. It ain't got nothing to do with the opponent. It's all on you. When you get up in the morning you say you know what I am competing against that guy in the mirror. How are you going to compete against you? You want to be great? Do that. And you'll never walk off that field saying you know what, I cheated my team."

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Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) retweeted the original tweet over the weekend, "exposing" Edwards for his comments amid ASU's recruiting investigation.

Several have called for ASU to fire Edwards amid the investigation, including The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers, who wrote in a recent column:

"On Friday, Zak Hill became Arizona State’s ex-offensive coordinator, the fourth ASU assistant coach to lose his job as a result of the NCAA’s investigation into recruiting rules violations. I was going to write "alleged" violations, but it’s obvious now that the Sun Devils not only cheated but also were shockingly bad at it. What’s not clear is why Antonio Pierce, the program’s recruiting coordinator, is still employed. And head coach Herm Edwards, for that matter. ASU President Michael Crow should direct Athletic Director Ray Anderson to clean house in the football program. And if Anderson won’t fire Edwards, his old friend, then he needs to go, too."

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Social media had thoughts on the resurfacing of the Edwards' video:

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Reach Jeremy Cluff at jeremy.cluff@arizonarepublic.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jeremy_Cluff.

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