Arizona State Football Faces NCAA Penalties for Recruiting Violations; Coach-to-Player Helmet Communication Approved for 2024

Arizona State football faces NCAA penalties for recruiting violations during COVID-19, including probation, fine, and bowl ban. NCAA approves coach-to-player helmet communication and other tech changes to address sign-stealing concerns.

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Arizona State Football Faces NCAA Penalties for Recruiting Violations; Coach-to-Player Helmet Communication Approved for 2024

Arizona State Football Faces NCAA Penalties for Recruiting Violations; Coach-to-Player Helmet Communication Approved for 2024

Arizona State University and four former football coaches have agreed to NCAA penalties for recruiting violations that occurred during the COVID-19 dead period. The penalties include four years of probation, an undisclosed fine, vacated games, reduced scholarships, recruiting restrictions, and a one-year bowl ban for the 2023 season. "The school's cooperation and acceptance of responsibility were praised by the NCAA as a model for other schools to follow," according to the NCAA's announcement.

The violations involved impermissible in-person recruiting contacts, recruiting inducements, impermissible tryouts, and tampering under former head coach Herm Edwards. Edwards was found to have committed a "responsibility violation" and has since left the program. Two former ASU staff members, including current Las Vegas Raiders coach Antonio Pierce, are contesting portions of their cases.

Arizona State's football program has struggled in the wake of the investigation and potential penalties, posting 3-9 records in the past two seasons. The ongoing probe has also hurt the school's recruiting efforts as it prepares to transition to the Big 12 Conference.

Why this matters: The Arizona State case underscores the challenges and consequences schools face when violating NCAA recruiting rules, even during unprecedented circumstances like the COVID-19 pandemic. The penalties imposed on the Sun Devils' football program could have long-lasting effects on the team's competitiveness and ability to attract top talent in the coming years.

In a separate development, the NCAA has approved the use of coach-to-player helmet communication for Division I football games starting in the 2024 season. This decision comes in the aftermath of a sign-stealing scandal that impacted the University of Michigan's championship run in 2023. The new rule allows one player per team to communicate with coaches during the game, with the communication being turned off 15 seconds before the snap.

The NCAA's football oversight committee also approved the use of computer tablets for in-game video viewing and is considering proposals for experimental usage of wearable technology. Additionally, the committee implemented an NFL-style two-minute warning at the end of the second and fourth quarters. These changes aim to address concerns about sign-stealing and provide teams with more technological tools to enhance gameplay.

The NCAA's announcement of penalties for Arizona State's football program serves as a reminder of the importance of adhering to recruiting rules and the potential consequences for violations. As the Sun Devils work to move forward from this incident, the NCAA's approval of coach-to-player helmet communication and other technological enhancements for the 2024 season marks a significant

Key Takeaways

  • ASU, 4 coaches agree to NCAA penalties for COVID-19 recruiting violations
  • Penalties include 4-year probation, fine, vacated games, reduced scholarships, 1-year bowl ban
  • Former ASU coach Herm Edwards found responsible, has left the program
  • ASU football struggles with 3-9 records, recruiting hurt amid investigation
  • NCAA approves coach-to-player helmet communication, other tech changes for 2024 season