“… it’s karma. You reap what you sow.”

Jesus, these people were brazen.

Earlier this month, an anonymous person sent a dossier of dozens of pages to the Arizona State athletic department. It included screenshots, receipts, pictures and emails related to numerous potential violations within Arizona State’s football program, according to sources.

… The documentation includes specific evidence of multiple examples of high school prospects taking illicit on-campus recruiting trips to the Arizona State campus. Those came during the pandemic-inspired dead period that ended June 1. For more than a year prior, NCAA rules explicitly banned players from visiting on campus because of COVID-19. The dossier, according to sources, lays out pieces of both the players’ trips to campus and how those trips were paid for.

Sources said members of the football program deliberately, blatantly and consistently broke rules related to hosting players during the dead period, including coach Herm Edwards meeting with recruits. A source added that the evidence included pictures of the visits, including Edwards with a recruit who ended up enrolling at ASU.

They’ve got the receipts, in other words.  Not that it sounds like it was very hard digging them up.

… Multiple sources indicated that at least 30 players visited campus over a span of months, a practice so common coaches referenced “official visit weekends” in staff meetings, coaches bumped into recruits and families in a back stairwell and a routine developed of facility tours being given around 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. at night.

On one weekend in October, there were so many high school kids visiting that a staff member parked a 12-person van in the staff parking lot to tour around recruits. The visits spanned months, sources said, including some in October, the weekend of the UCLA game in December and through the spring game, which one source said “was like an official visit weekend.”

“It wasn’t a secret,” said a staff member with direct knowledge of the visits. “As far as knowing everyone who came into that [football] office, the number is too big and the names are too many. They would bring in parents, their moms and dads and friends. They’d get a facility tour like they were on an official visit. They’d show you the weight room and training room. They’d show you everything.”

My only question is how is ASU not in the SEC?  This is like “if you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin'” on steroids.  Jeremy Pruitt can only shake his head in admiration.

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25 responses to ““… it’s karma. You reap what you sow.”

  1. spur21

    Wonder which staff member provided the damning evidence? It seems likely it was someone inside the program – but why shit in your own nest?

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  3. paulwesterdawg

    $5 says this came to light because someone was sleeping with someone else. And it ended. And they are taking the place down because of it. #Scorned

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  4. mddawg

    Am I the only one wondering how many other schools tried to pull something like this? Maybe not to this extreme, but I’d be shocked if ASU was the only school who broke the rules during the dead period.

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  5. Sweet D

    This does beg a couple of questions like:

    Who will coach ASU football this fall?

    Will Edwards retire in AZ or FL after he’s fired?

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  6. W Cobb Dawg

    I’d say this merits the death penalty a la SMU. But cheating and disregard for any rule is so rife throughout cfb/society, little surprises me anymore. In a just system where people abide by the rules, Edwards & ASU would be tarred & feathered.

    I guess they can argue the (sun) devil made them do it (pun intended).

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  7. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    and nothing will happen…and mcgoofball chunks TG3 and AJ under the bus

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  8. Russ

    I can see ASU getting hammered for this. If it was a big name school, it would be explained as students making visits on their own dime.

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    • 123 Fake St

      I think ALL of the schools were doing it, especially the big boys. NCAA will find that out and realize they can’t punish Bama or Clemmons too severely. Nothing will happen. They didn’t punish UNC, and haven’t punished LSU for way worse than this.

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    • James A Mercer Jr

      You are obviously not a true CFB fan or you’d know that ASU is a “big name school”. There once was a coach named Kushman who ran the progream and it was a national leader…of course, “once” take in a lot of territory like Nebraska and Georgia Tech, so you may be forgiven for your lack of knowledge.

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  9. chicagodawgfan

    Sounds like a pretty good basis for termination with cause, Herm can say goodbye to his guaranteed millions.

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  10. 123 Fake St

    I don’t see what the big deal is. Kids visiting a school they might attend? Were they not wearing masks!?

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    • Other than the fact that hosting recruits on campus wasn’t allowed by the NCAA … if those recruits came to campus and never interacted in a structured manner with the ASU athletic staff, I think you have a point. If all of this is true, it’s a really a bad look for Arizona State.

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      • 123 Fake St

        Wasn’t allowed? Did I wake up in a bizzaro world were college football programs follow the rules tooth and nail?
        And for all of ASUs efforts, they landed the 52nd best recruiting class in 2021.
        Gimme a break with this pearl clutching.

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        • It was an NCAA-imposed dead period. I really don’t care about it, but the bottom line is that schools weren’t supposed to host recruits on campus, and ASU was dumb and sloppy enough to get caught (sort of like Tennessee and their Mickey D’s bags).

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          • Tony BarnFart

            Also, this violation wasn’t exactly like your typical rule and violation that grates the public nerve over a long period as being unfairly draconian and increasingly not worth the paper it was written on. Whatever your opinion on Covid and its ensuing hindsight autopsy, this was effectively an interim rule made in an emergency situation that was finite in length. This wasn’t telling a kid to never touch the cookie jar, just don’t eat the uncooked dough while i’m out of the room for 5 minutes.

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  11. argondawg

    You gotta admire that go big or go home mentality. The weirdest part to me is that Georgia recruiting is sort of its own sport and every time a big recruit visits somebody is reporting on it or tweeting about it etc. How do you go a whole season doing this without folks knowing? It is an impressive level of incompetence.

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  12. poetdawg

    Next report will be signees receiving suspicious bags from In-N-Out.

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  13. godawgs1701

    Well, again, I’ll make jokes about this as soon as I get confirmation that Georgia wasn’t doing the same thing (along with other noted top-recruiting schools like Bama and Clemson).

    But my question is, how in the heck did they think they’d get away with this? All it takes to blow this up is for one high school student to tweet it, or tell a friend who then tweets it. If you have to have total secrecy from high school students and their families – I’m frankly impressed that it took this long for it all to come out.

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