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TRENDING: ASU fans want Ray Anderson gone

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A lot of Arizona State fans have once again been calling for the dismissal of the school’s Vice President of University Athletics/Athletics Director Ray Anderson.

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This follows Sunday’s self-imposed bowl ban, which in a statement released today by the school was “to help pave the way for program stability and greater clarity going forward” instead of paying a hefty fine and facing recruiting restrictions.

Here’s what fans and media members have said about Anderson the past couple days, which led to #FireRayAnderson trending on X:

Yesterday, Arizona State coach Kenny Dillingham defended Anderson.

“You can debate how people handle situations and stuff like that,” Dillingham said. “I think Ray has gotten the short end of the stick here to be honest. I mean I think he is kind of in the middle of all this and Ray has been really good to me since I got here, and I don’t know what happened in the past here but Ray has been really good to me since I have got here.”

Sunday’s timeline of events of the bowl ban

Dillingham met with Anderson (who was also at practice but did not speak to the media) and deputy athletics director Jean Boyd early Sunday morning where they broke the news of the self-imposed bowl ban to him.

According to safety Chris Edmonds, he first got a text at 6:15 a.m. about an urgent leadership meeting. The team’s leadership council then met with Dillingham where he told them the unfortunate news.

They next had a full team meeting with Anderson, where he informed all of them of the ban. Dillingham gave his perspective on the ban during the meeting, but the team could not ask Anderson any questions because the investigation is still ongoing, according to junior tight end Jalin Conyers.

Defensive lineman Dashaun Mallory said that Anderson did apologize to the seniors during the meeting.

The news of the bowl ban was first reported by ESPN’s Pete Thamel. 

Shortly afterwards, Anderson released a statement in which he said:

“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.”

Past events

Some events in the past that fans have highlighted that have them feeling this way (and have had them calling for his dismissal in the past) since Anderson’s hiring on Jan. 9, 2014. (from

It seems all bridges have been burned between Anderson and ASU’s fanbase. What do you think the school should do?

ASU coach, players express strong displeasure with team’s self-imposed bowl ban

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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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