Arizona State coach Herm Edwards caused a bit of a stir when news broke that he would cut underperforming players.
Edwards clarified his comments in a recent interview with USA Today Sports.
“You know what? Everybody does it,” Edwards said, per USA Today’s George Schroeder. “This is not the first it’s ever been done in college football. But you know what? I said it. Most don’t say it. I gave (the players) forewarning: ‘Guys, this is how it works, OK? No one’s fault.
“I’m not pointing at you. Your resume is on that tape.’ I don’t know – that’s how it works. … You’ve got to compete! You can’t all of the sudden, ‘Oh, I made it.’ You ain’t made it! I competed every day as a professional football player. … You’ve got to like competing. That’s how your team gets better, when you have competition every day.”
Edwards is correct. The termination of student athlete scholarships does happen. It just doesn’t occur with regularity.
The new Arizona State coach wants his football team to play with a sense of urgency, all the while knowing that scholarships and stability aren’t a forgone conclusion. That approach prevents complacency.