Arizona State worked a clause into coach Kenny Dillingham’s contract when it hired him this offseason that would take effect if the program received any sanctions stemming from recruiting violations that occurred under the former regime.

According to longtime Pac-12 columnist John Canzano, Arizona State’s self-imposed bowl ban will trigger a one-year extension for Dillingham. A scholarship reduction of four or more players or a bowl ban would give Dillingham an extension for “each year such sanctions are in effect,” according to Dillingham’s contract.

Dillingham enters his first season at Arizona State after the program fired Herm Edwards a quarter into the 2022 campaign.

The extension for Dillingham is a forward-thinking move from his agent, but the fact it was needed highlights a raw deal for the Arizona State leader.

More than two dozen players committed to transfer to ASU this offseason to play for Dillingham. For seniors on the team, the news of a bowl ban was “devastating.”

“Just gotta be the very best we can be every day,” Dillingham said Sunday.

Arizona State opens the season on Thursday against Southern Utah.