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BREAKING: ASU football self-imposes bowl ban

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The Arizona State football team has self-imposed a bowl ban for the 2023 season due to recruiting violations during the Herm Edwards era.

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Vice President of University Athletics Ray Anderson released a statement this morning, in which he stated: “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. 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 violations stem from when Edwards hosted recruits in-person during a dead period due to the COVID-19 pandemic from the spring of 2020 to the spring of 2021. The NCAA then launched an investigation into the program.

Anderson, Edwards and University President Michael Crow decided not to impose this ban last season, which ended up being Edwards final year. They also did not immediately fire Edwards, who they knowingly had a direct role in the violations, before last season.

When Edwards did leave the program after last year’s loss to Eastern Michigan, they elected to pay him half of his remaining salary (approximately $4.4 million).

Meanwhile, seven of his staffers were let go or resigned before the season.

Now in the first year of the Kenny Dillingham era, there will be no postseason for the players who decided to stick it out with the new coach and the 50+ newcomers who came to Tempe.

This is gut-wrenching news to the players just four days before the team’s season kicks off against Southern Utah.

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Brendan Mau is a college sports insider and general assignment reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

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