Herm Edwards Discusses Social Media, Pac-12, Upsets In College Football

Being a student-athlete provides a platform, "but you've got to use it correctly," Herm Edwards says

Taz and the Moose
November 01, 2018 - 10:00 am

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Herm Edwards is 64 years old, but he has no problem connecting with millennials – even the ones obsessed with social media.

“Well, it’s like anything else,” Edwards said on Taz & The Moose. “I think when you try to understand them – and I have young kids. I have a 13- and a 12-year old. They don’t have phones yet, but I understand what’s going on in the world. I tell (my players) this: Being a college athlete is a tremendous opportunity to have a platform, but you’ve got to use it correctly. When you tweet something out, it becomes your resume for the rest of your life – and that resume belongs to not only you, but to the university that you represent and your family’s last name.”

In other words, think before you hit publish.

“You got to be careful,” Edwards said. “You got to realize in life, you don’t want to be so much liked; you want to be respected. How do you do that? You do that by understanding there’s certain things that you just can’t do as a student-athlete. I don’t want to be in your mess. I don’t want to be in a press conference talking about ‘My bad.’ It’s not your bad; it’s my bad. I’m sitting there talking about your bad.”

All in all, Edwards has enjoyed his first season at Arizona State. The Sun Devils (4-4) have lost four games by one score and won two games by a field goal, including a Week 2 matchup against Michigan State, 16-13.

“We played a lot of tough football games,” Edwards said. “We’ve been very competitive in all these games, and we’re trying to build a program, there’s no doubt about it. It’s been fun.”

After a few months on the sidelines, Edwards has learned that coaching in college is a lot different than coaching in the NFL.

“This is why you see so many upsets in college football, in my opinion, now that I’ve been involved in it,” he said. “The emotions of young people, when you line up on Saturday, you really don’t know where they’re at. You think you know, but you don’t. You really don’t. There’s so much in a young man’s mind, and can you keep him focused week in and week out? That’s the key. That’s why you see all the upsets. You see things and you go, ‘How did that just happen?’ It’s a part of college football.”

Arizona State beat USC, 38-35, last weekend and will face No. 15 Utah (6-2) this Saturday. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. ET.