January 17, 2022

Amid investigation, Edwards to remain at ASU in ’22

Arizona State coach Herm Edwards will return in 2022, regardless of hypothesis about his standing with an ongoing NCAA investigation.

After Saturday’s win over Arizona, athletic director Ray Anderson knowledgeable the crew that Edwards might be again for a fifth season. Arizona State completed the common season at 8-4, and Edwards is 25-17 on the faculty.

The NCAA this spring started investigating Arizona State for attainable recruiting violations after the coronavirus pandemic hit in 2020. Arizona State positioned three assistants — Adam Breneman, Prentice Gill and Chris Hawkins — on administrative go away this summer time.

Sources informed ESPN that a part of the NCAA’s investigation includes Arizona State internet hosting prospects throughout the recruiting useless interval, which lasted from March 2020 to June 1, 2021. FBS applications had been prohibited from having recruits on campus throughout the useless interval. A number of sources within the Pac-12 informed ESPN that ASU additionally faces allegations about recruiting practices that occurred when the useless interval ended, together with attainable improper contact with prospects at an off-campus recruiting camp in June.

“I will be the coach,” Edwards mentioned after Saturday’s 38-15 win over Arizona. “There’s an elevator close to the steps I take and I informed myself the day I haven’t got the power to take these stairs, I will not coach anymore. I will be taking the steps tonight.”

Edwards, 67, is signed by way of the 2024 season.