Report: NCAA begins interviews in ASU football recruiting investigation
The investigation into recruiting violations by the Arizona State football program is reportedly beginning interviews.
CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd tweeted Thursday: "The NCAA has begun interviewing subjects involved in the Arizona State case."
An ASU spokesperson was unable to confirm the report.
In June, The Athletic reported that ASU's football program was under investigation for recruiting violations by the NCAA for possibly hosting high school athletes during the COVID-19 dead period, and potentially other recruiting violations.
“ASU can confirm the NCAA is conducting an investigation regarding allegations related to our football program," a statement from ASU said. "In accordance with NCAA bylaws, the university cannot provide further comment at this time.”
Three of its key recruiters on the coaching staff — defensive backs assistant Chris Hawkins, receivers coach Prentice Gill and tight ends coach Adam Breneman — have been placed on administrative leave.
Earlier this week, ASU coach Herm Edwards said the team was not distracted amid the investigation.
“I think we’re making way too much out of this, guys," Edwards said when asked about three of his assistants being on administrative leave during the recruiting investigation in an interview with Doug & Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. "We really are. We’ve been practicing almost a month now of football. … I just think you can make it whatever you want to make it. I know what we’ve done."
The ASU coach insisted that his team will be ready for the upcoming season.
"We’ve been focused on the job at hand," he said. "You’re talking about so many guys who elected to come back to play says a lot about how they feel about this team. That was in spring. This team has great focus and we have a lot of leadership.”
The Sun Devils have some high expectations for the 2021 season after going 2-2 in a COVID-19 shortened season last year.
The team was recently ranked No. 25 in the Associated Press preseason poll. Other polls have the team even higher.
The Sun Devils were recently given 4/1 odds to win the Pac-12, tied for the second-best odds in the conference.
They are scheduled to open the season Sept. 2 hosting Southern Utah.
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