Arizona State announces self-imposed bowl ban for 2023 season
Arizona State won’t be playing postseason football for 2023, regardless of record.
ASU issued a statement on Sunday announcing it has informed the Pac-12 of a self-imposed 1-year bowl ban. The school references an ongoing NCAA investigation into violations under former coach Herm Edwards.
Official ASU Statement:
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…
— DevilsDigest.com (@DevilsDigest) August 27, 2023
Edwards was fired as head coach of the Sun Devils in September 2022 after Arizona State’s 1-2 start to the season. In June 2021, the NCAA launched in investigation into COVID-related recruiting violations. Five coaches on the ASU staff were fired or resigned, but Edwards remained as head coach. In 4-plus seasons, Edwards posted a 26-20 overall record, with a 17-14 mark in conference play.
The 2022 season Sun Devils finished the season under interim head coach Shaun Aguano. The program hired Kenny Dillingham as the new full-time head coach on Nov. 27, 2022. Dillingham, 33, is a Phoenix native and Arizona State alum with previous experience as a coordinator at Memphis, Auburn, Florida State and Oregon.
ASU plays its first game of the Dillingham era on Thursday against Southern Utah. ESPN’s FPI projects a 5-7 season for the Sun Devils.