TEMPE, Ariz. — After four games and countless COVID-19 tests, Herm Edwards got away. Not long after the season’s final game against Oregon State, the Arizona State coach returned to his home in Carmel, Calif. His wife and daughters stayed behind in Arizona.

For five days, Edwards worked in the yard, pulled weeds and evaluated his third Arizona State season. “When I go there, I do a lot of writing as far as getting the season moving forward,” Edwards said. The biggest hurdle from this past season: finishing.

The Sun Devils (2-2) had late leads against USC and UCLA only to lose them. Edwards chalked up the losses to small things. The details. Unlike pro football, college football has limits on how much time coaches can work with players. In California, Edwards made a note to ask his staff, “What are the things you wasted time on this season?” He wants to run the program more efficiently. Unlike last year at this time, the new offense…



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