Offensive coordinator Zak Hill’s resignation is the latest in what could be a long Arizona State offseason

TEMPE, Ariz. — The resignation of offensive coordinator Zak Hill is the latest blow for coach Herm Edwards’ Arizona State program, a situation that could get worse before the start of the 2022 season.

Hill becomes the fourth assistant under Edwards to leave in wake of an NCAA probe into program recruiting. The Sun Devils are under investigation for allegedly hosting recruits — and paying for their travel arrangements — during a 15-month non-contact period put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The investigation remains ongoing. Per sources, the NCAA has interviewed recruits alleged to have visited during the non-contact period and at least one former coach. They have not, however, interviewed the current staff. Last summer, the university placed tight ends coach Adam Breneman, receivers coach Prentice Gill and defensive backs coach Chris Hawkins on paid administrative leave for their alleged roles in the violations. Recently those coaches were given the option to resign or be fired. At some point, they are expected to have their say as well.

This means the worst for Arizona State may be yet to come. To date, the university, working with investigators, has moved methodically, making changes according to uncovered information. To the surprise of many, defensive coordinator Antonio Pierce, who has led Arizona State recruiting under Edwards, remains on staff.


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