When Arizona State parted ways with Herm Edwards earlier this season, it immediately thrust Ray Anderson’s status into question.

Consider those questions answered. ASU president Michael Crow told ESPN’s Pete Thamel the school is committed to Anderson as its athletic director going forward. “We are in the thick of making things work here and Ray is moving things forward,” Crow said. Anderson is under contract through February of 2026.

Anderson has served as Arizona State’s athletic director since January of 2014. A former agent in the NFL, he was instrumental in hiring Edwards back in 2017. With Edwards’ ouster 46 games later and an NCAA investigation looming over the program, the résumé is not what ASU expected when it brought Anderson to town.

This year, the Sun Devils started a season 1-4 for the first time since 1976. Apathy has seemingly set in throughout the fanbase as attendance for the team’s 45-38 win over a ranked Washington team (at the time) was announced as the lowest for any game since the stadium was expanded over five decades ago.

According to Thamel, there’s quite a bit of uncertainty around the program as Anderson and Crow look to find Edwards’ replacement:

… apathy has set in among donors and ASU’s search to replace Edwards didn’t appear within the industry to be taking shape at the same pace as other open jobs such as Colorado, Nebraska and Georgia Tech.

There’s still uncertainty about how serious the punishment will be from the ongoing NCAA investigation into the football program, which stems from allegations of repeated and blatant ignoring of NCAA recruiting restrictions during the pandemic. Sources have told ESPN that the investigation is considered significant by the NCAA and that part of the reason it hasn’t been completed yet is that there’s been so many coaches, former coaches and staffers willing to detail what happened.

For better or worse, Crow seems to be sticking with Anderson to lead the Sun Devils out of the uneasy waters they’ve waded into with him at the helm.