Sep 17, 2022; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Herm Edwards argues with a referee after challenging a fumble at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.

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Arizona State self-imposes 2023 bowl ban

Arizona State is taking responsibility for rules violations during the tenure of former coach Herm Edwards and is banning itself from playing in a bowl game this season.

“Arizona State University has informed the NCAA and Pac-12 conference that it will self-impose a one-year postseason ban on its football program for the upcoming season,” athletic director Ray Anderson said in a statement, released Sunday morning. “In light of the ongoing investigation and our membership obligation to maintain the confidentiality of the matter, we will not be commenting further at this time.”

The program allegedly committed recruiting violations in 2020 that included inviting recruits to the Tempe, Ariz., campus at a time when visits were impermissible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NCAA launched the investigation in June 2021. Edwards, who became the Sun Devils coach in 2018, was relieved of his duties three games into the 2022 season after a loss to Eastern Michigan, and the school bought out his contract.

He had a 26-20 record with Arizona State.

The Sun Devils, under 33-year-old head coach Kenny Dillingham, open the season Thursday against Southern Utah.

This will be Arizona State’s final season in the Pac-12 before heading to the Big 12 in 2024.

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Sep 17, 2022; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Herm Edwards walks the sidelines as his team plays the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.

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Herm Edwards returns to ESPN as football analyst

Herm Edwards is returning to ESPN as an NFL and college football analyst.

The former head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets, Edwards served as an ESPN analyst from 2009-17 before Arizona State hired him as head coach in December 2018. He was fired from that job in September after posting a 26-20 record in four-plus seasons. The Sun Devils were 1-2 under Edwards this season.

Edwards went 54-74 in eight seasons with the Jets and Chiefs.

Edwards, 68, who signed a multi-year agreement with the network, will appear on a variety of ESPN shows and will make his return Friday.

–Field Level Media

Sep 17, 2022; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Herm Edwards walks the sidelines as his team plays the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. Mandatory Credit: Alex Gould/The Republic

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Coach Herm Edwards on hot seat at Arizona State

Arizona State coach Herm Edwards is on the hot seat after the Sun Devils’ 30-21 home loss to Eastern Michigan on Saturday night.

The Sun Devils are 1-2, and university president Michael Crow clearly isn’t happy with the direction of the program.

“They showed up to play, and we didn’t,” Crow told The Arizona Republic after the game. “That’s basically the outcome.”

Edwards has had Crow’s endorsement in the past, but apparently not this time. In his fifth season at Arizona State, Edwards has a 26-20 record with two bowl losses and one win.

“Like anything, when you’re in combat, you support your officers,” Crow said. “And we’re in combat. But we’ll have to decide where we’re going from here and decide what the issues are and see where we’re headed.”

Things won’t get any easier for Arizona State, which begins Pac-12 play on Saturday against Utah, followed by Southern California — both ranked teams — the next week.

Before landing at Arizona State, Edwards coached the New York Jets (2001-05) and Kansas City Chiefs (2006-08) to a combined 54-74 record.

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Arizona State University head football coach Herm Edwards speaks with newly hired offensive coordinator Zak Hill during practice at the Verde Dickey Dome on campus in Tempe, Tuesday, December 17, 2019.

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Reports: Arizona State OC Zak Hill resigns amid NCAA investigation

Offensive coordinator Zak Hill resigned from his post at Arizona State over his role in alleged, widespread recruiting violations in the football program, multiple reports said Friday.

Hill was the fourth assistant coach to depart Herm Edwards’ staff while the NCAA investigates the program. Wide receivers coach Prentice Gill and secondary coach Chris Hawkins were fired last week, and tight ends coach Adam Breneman also resigned, per reports.

The main allegations the NCAA is looking into are that Arizona State hosted high school recruits during a dead period brought about by COVID-19, and that coaches visited prospects and their families during the same dead period.

According to 247 Sports, Gill has appealed his firing and could bring about a wrongful termination claim.

Hill, 42, was the Sun Devils’ offensive coordinator for two seasons after four years on Boise State’s staff in a similar role.

Earlier this week, former NFL coach Brian Billick, who won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens, joined Edwards’ staff at Arizona State as an offensive analyst and special adviser.

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Nov 13, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Herm Edwards stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Washington Huskies at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona State: Herm Edwards’ job safe amid NCAA probe

Arizona State football coach Herm Edwards will return in 2022 despite an ongoing NCAA investigation.

Silencing speculation, athletic director Ray Anderson informed the team after Saturday’s 38-15 win against rival Arizona that their coach would be back for a fifth season in Tempe.

“I had no plans of leaving,” Edwards said. “That was nice of Ray and (school president) Dr. Michael Crow to be in there and show support of what we’re trying to do here. It’s nice when your players react the way they reacted.”

The Sun Devils finished the regular season with an 8-4 record, including 6-3 in the Pac-12. They are 25-17 overall under Edwards, including 1-1 in bowl games, and are awaiting a bowl invitation.

The NCAA started investigating the program earlier this year for allegedly hosting recruits during the 15-month non-contact period brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Three assistant coaches were placed on administrative leave last summer.

Edwards, 67, was the head coach of the NFL’s New York Jets (2001-05) and Kansas City Chiefs (2006-08) and spent many years as an ESPN analyst before taking over at Arizona State.

Edwards receives an annual salary of $3.7 million and is due a $200,000 raise on Jan. 1, according to The Athletic. His contract runs through Dec. 31, 2024.

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Nov 7, 2020;  Los Angeles CA, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Herm Edwards walks off the field after the game against the Southern California Trojans  at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated Arizona State 28-27.  Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

ASU’s Edwards tests positive; Cal game canceled

Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards and multiple Sun Devils coaches and players tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the cancellation of Saturday night’s game against Cal.

“First, I want to say that Lia, the girls and I are fine and I will be back quicker than you can say ‘Forks Up!’” Edward said in a statement released by the school. “Second, even with the marvelous care our medical professionals have provided for myself, my staff and my team over the past few months, the virus still found me. So, I encourage all of you to take this virus seriously, to wear a mask, practice physical distancing and get tested whenever possible.”

The Cal-Arizona State contest is the 13th game on this week’s college football schedule to either be canceled or postponed.

“In the past few days our test results included a number of positive cases, including multiple student-athletes and coaching staff members, one of which is head coach Herm Edwards,” read a statement from ASU vice president for athletics Ray Anderson. “This put our team below the Pac-12’s minimum threshold of 53 available scholarship student-athletes under the league’s game cancellation policy.”

It is the second straight cancellation for the Golden Bears, whose Nov. 7 season opener against Washington was scrapped after a positive test and subsequent quarantines and contact tracing left Cal without enough players.

Edwards’ Sun Devils kicked off the Pac-12 season with a 28-27 loss at Southern California last Saturday.

Edwards, 66, is in his third season in Tempe and has a 15-12 record. He was the head coach of the NFL’s New York Jets (2001-05) and Kansas City Chiefs (2006-08), compiling a 54-74 record.

–Field Level Media