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NCAA Investigating Arizona State Football Violations

Brock Fritz

The NCAA is investigating the Arizona State University football program for illegally hosting high school recruits during the Division I recruiting dead period.

The Athletic reported Wednesday that the Arizona State athletic compliance office recently “received a packet filled with detailed information on high school prospects who visited during the COVID-19 dead period.” During the dead period, which lasted from March 2020 until June 1, Division I programs were barred from all in-person recruiting.

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

According to The Athletic, with virtual recruiting the only legal form of communication in 2020, Arizona State spent $314,977 on recruiting in 2020, compared to $597,450 in 2019.

The Sun Devils played just four games in 2020, going 2-2 while being shut down for the majority of November due to COVID-19 cases within the program.

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