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Herm Adds Big Name Former NFL Coach to Staff

Its normally a quiet time for college football but Arizona State and Herm Edwards made some noise following the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Marvin Lewis was hired to be a part of Herm Edwards coaching staff. Fired on New Years Eve after 16 years as head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, Edwards will now head to the college ranks for the first time since 1991.

Lewis brings some impressive experience to Tempe as he accumulated 131 career wins as Bengals head coach, good for 25th all time in NFL history and 77 more than Herm Edwards had in his NFL career.

He's also the 6th coach on Herm Edwards staff that has direct ties to the NFL.

Much will be made about Edward's ability to land coaches with NFL pedigree but in the landscape of college football success, its a mostly irrelevant point.

Its a nice headline but I'm not sure it really matters.

The staff's of most of college footballs best programs are stocked with coaches who have very little to ze actual NFL experience.

Heading into his second year will be a much different challenge for Edwards than his better than expected debut season. Most pressing, he'll need to find replacements for QB Manny Wilkins and WR N'Keal Harry. If he can do that, plus continue to build the defense and offensive line, Herm will continue to prove people wrong.

But I'm not sure Marvin Lewis will actually have anything to do with it.

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