Arizona State Staffers Reportedly Provided Intel on ASU to Opponents Before Games
Head coach Herm Edwards watches from the sidelines during the first half of the NCAAF game against the Eastern Michigan Eagles. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The Herm Edwards era at Arizona State ended as a dumpster fire — and the writing was on the wall.
There were alleged NCAA recruiting violations, which caused the departure of both coordinators, Antonio Pierce and Zak Hill, from the 2021 season.
Edwards’ team in 2021 finished 128th out of 130 FBS teams in penalty yards.
The media also caught on, picking the Sun Devils to finish 10th in the Pac-12 before the 2022 season.
The final straw came lost Saturday, when Arizona State lost to Eastern Michigan 30-21 as a 20.5-point home favorite.
But it was not just players, staff and fans who were scarred by the end Edwards’ reign as head coach.
Perhaps bettors got a raw deal, too.
In a lengthy report on Edwards’ tenure from Doug Haller of The Athletic, Haller briefly suggested members of the Arizona Staff had provided intel to opponents in hopes of getting the head coach fired.
“An opposing coach recently told The Athletic that it wasn’t hard to get intel on this season’s team because some within Arizona State athletics wanted a coaching change,” Haller wrote.
Haller then insinuated more information could be coming out in the days ahead and added, “the worst may be yet to come.”
The Sun Devils went 1-2 against the spread in their first three games this season. They lost by 17 as 11.5-point underdogs to Oklahoma State and then the aforementioned Eastern Michigan loss.
Another interesting note: The under hit in all three of the games this season. The under also went 3-1-1 in Arizona State’s last five games in 2021.