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NCAAF: Report: NCAA probing possible Arizona State recruiting violations

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The NCAA is investigating the Arizona State football program for reportedly hosting high school prospects during the recent COVID-19 dead period.

The precise number of recruits and the exact dates that they may have visited the Tempe, Ariz., campus are not known, per the report Wednesday by The Athletic.

The publication said the school’s athletic compliance department is now interviewing staff members and that some employees in the football program “are concerned about losing their jobs.”

The school did confirm that there is an ongoing investigation.

“ASU can confirm the NCAA is conducting an investigation regarding allegations related to our football program,” vice president of media relations Katie Paquet said in a statement to The Athletic. “In accordance with NCAA bylaws, the university cannot provide further comment at this time.”

The report said Sun Devils head coach Herm Edwards’ involvement in the investigation “is not clear.”

In March 2020, the NCAA halted in-person recruiting for 15 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact with prospects was limited to video calls and other electronic communication.

In April 2021, the NCAA announced that Division I programs can resume normal recruiting schedules on June 1.

–Field Level Media

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