ESPNA Aug 27, 2023 10:35 am ET2 Minute Read
Arizona State has itself imposed a bowl ban for the 2023 season, the school announced Sunday, deciding to sanction itself for violations under former coach Herm Edwards.
“Arizona State University has notified the NCAA and Pac-12 conference that it will itself impose a one-year postseason ban on its football program for the upcoming season,” athletic director Ray Anderson said in a statement. “Given the ongoing investigation and our obligation as a member to maintain the confidentiality of the matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”
The team was notified of the bowl ban Sunday morning. A source told ESPN that the reaction at the gathering was “devastating” for the players, particularly among the 20-plus seniors.
The NCAA has been investigating the state of Arizona since June 2021, investigating allegations that former defense coordinator Antonio Pierce, who also served as the school’s recruiting coordinator, helped create a culture where rule violations were rewarded.
The state of Arizona has allegedly flagrantly violated recruiting rules, specifically ignoring break times mandated by the NCAA during the COVID-19 pandemic. The violations were so blatant that some Arizona State employees maintained a group text documenting them and created a dossier that was sent to the NCAA in May 2021.
The investigation resulted in five full-time coaches leaving or being fired from the staff, including Pierce and former offensive coordinator Zak Hill.
The NCAA has not yet sent a notice to the State of Arizona regarding the allegations.
Edwards coached the Sun Devils from 2018 to 2022 when he left the job by “mutual consent” three games into the season. Edwards joined ESPN in November as an analyst, returning to a position he held from 2009 until he was hired by the school.
In the preseason conference media poll, Arizona State was expected to finish 10th in the Pac-12 that season. The Sun Devils are playing their final season in the Pac-12 before joining the Big 12 in 2024 along with three other Pac-12 members.