Wed. Jan 19th, 2022

Arizona State coach Herm Edwards returns in 2022 despite speculation about his status with an ongoing NCAA investigation.

After Saturday’s 38-15 win over Arizona, sporting director Ray Anderson informed the team that Edwards will be back for a fifth season. Arizona State finished the regular season at 8-4, and Edwards is 25-17 at school.

The NCAA began investigating Arizona State in the spring for possible recruitment violations after the coronavirus pandemic hit in 2020. Arizona State placed three assistants – Adam Breneman, Prentice Gill and Chris Hawkins – on administrative leave this summer.

Sources told ESPN that part of the NCAA’s investigation involves Arizona State host prospects during the recruitment period, which lasted from March 2020 to June 1, 2021. FBS programs were banned from having recruits on campus during that period. Several Pac-12 sources told ESPN that Arizona State is also facing allegations of recruitment practices that took place when the dead period ended, including possible inappropriate contact with leads at an off-campus recruitment camp in June.

“I have to be the coach,” Edwards said after Saturday’s victory. “There’s an elevator near the stairs I take and I said to myself that the day I do not have the energy to take those stairs I will not train anymore. I will take the stairs tonight.”

Edwards, 67, is signed through the 2024 season.

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