Pending a successful introduction to University President Dr. Michael Crow, Arizona State is likely to name Herm Edwards its next coach as soon as early next week according to two sources directly familiar with the matter.

Edwards will be in Tempe this weekend to meet with ASU officials, including Crow and Athletics Director Ray Anderson. The meeting isn't taking place until this weekend so Crow can return from China, where he has been attending a Global Education Summit in Beijing.

Anderson, according to the sources, doesn't need to be convinced of Edwards' candidacy for the job. The two men have known each other for a number of years and Anderson served as Edwards' agent when he was a NFL head coach. They've already had extensive conversations about the job, which Edwards is prepared to accept.

Rather, it is Crow's final approval that will be sought during the weekend visit.

"Nothing will get done without Dr. Crow signing off on it, but if he does, this is going to happen," said one source, who spoke on the condition on anonymity due to not being authorized to disclose the information. "[Anderson] has known he's wanted to do this for a while and it's just been about getting everything else lined up."

Edwards, 63, was first mentioned as a candidate for the position by Paul Calvisi of 98.7 FM Arizona Sports Station.

Currently an analyst for ESPN, Edwards has eight years of head coaching experience in the NFL but hasn't coached since 2008 when he went 2-14 with the Kansas City Chiefs. His overall head coaching record is 57-77. He was 39-41 in five seasons as head coach of the New York Jets from 2001-05 and 15-33 in three seasons leading the Chiefs in 2005-08.