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ASU defends timing of its bowl ban announcement. Here's what it means for the football program

Arizona State University announced a self-imposed bowl ban over the weekend for alleged infractions under previous football coach Herm Edwards.

The school defended the ban on Tuesday after taking criticism for the timing of the decision.

The Sun Devils issued a statement highlighting five factors that went into the decision to announce the ban on Sunday, saying it would “help pave the way for program stability and greater clarity going forward.”

The statement noted the similarities between Arizona State's case and that of Tennessee, which was wrapped up by the NCAA Committee on Infractions on July 14.

The NCAA committee imposed an enhanced financial penalty of $8 million on Tennessee in lieu of a postseason ban. It also required multiple recruiting penalties, including a loss of 28 scholarships and a 40-week reduction of unofficial visits.

Arizona State said it believed recruiting penalties like those imposed on Tennessee would seriously impair first-year coach Kenny Dillingham's ability to rebuild the program.

The school also noted the deadline for undergraduate student-athletes to enter the transfer portal was in April 2023, which would have precluded football players from leaving the program in the summer or fall.

For more on what the bowl ban means for this season and ASU Football going forward, The Show spoke to Chris Karpman, who covers ASU for Sun Devil Source.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.