Sports Illustrated reports that his tenure is "A Festival of Dysfunction".
Anyone who takes the time to familiarize themselves with the timeline below of program altering mistakes, NCAA violations, and scandals that have occurred under his watch and in some cases as a direct result of Ray Anderson’s actions, words, and leadership will be forced to ask the same question ASU fans ask every day:
“Why is Ray Anderson still employed?
Despite back-to-back losing seasons and a downwards trajectory of the program, Ray Anderson decided to keep Todd Graham as the head coach of ASU Football but did not offer him an extension. Some areas of improvement levied against Todd Graham were: “Speaking victory” and how it built unrealistic expectations for..Read More
Ray Anderson fires Todd Graham after a season that saw ASU improve by 2 total wins (from 5 to 7) and ending the season with a victory over UofA. The firing also came after Todd Graham made several changes Ray Anderson asked him to make including not talking about championship..Read More
In a move described by national media as “surprising”, Ray Anderson hired his personal friend and former client to be ASU’s next head coach despite Herm Edwards possessing a poor .422 career winning percentage in the NFL and not having coached for nearly a decade (and had not been a..Read More
It is reported that Ray Anderson was informed of alleged incidents of a prominent booster sexually harassing and assaulting multiple women around the ASU Mens Basketball team, including Head Coach Bobby Hurley’s wife. The incidents occurred starting on March 14, 2019 in Las Vegas at the Pac 12 Tournament. Source:..Read More
It is reported that approximately 6 weeks after being informed of the sexual harassment and assault allegations, Ray Anderson went on a golf trip with the same booster and even flew on his private airplane. Herm Edwards was also a part of this same golf trip. Source: Arizona State took..Read More
Summer 2019: ASU finally begins investigating assault allegations Ray Anderson was informed of in March.
Months after the initial reporting to Anderson in the Spring of 2019, ASU finally began to investigate the allegations. Meanwhile, it appears that Ray Anderson may have not yet restrictions on the booster’s access to ASU or it’s basketball program, as he continued to be around it. Source: Arizona State..Read More
Reports state that Armstrong Teasdale, an outside law firm hired to look into the allegations of sexual harassment and assault reported back in November of 2019 to ASU and Ray Anderson that their investigation concluded, “there is sufficient evidence to conclude that [the women were] sexually harassed by Mr. Wear..Read More
After ASU received the conclusions of the independent investigation, according to reports the prominent booster who allegedly committed the assaults was allowed to sit courtside at an ASU men’s basketball game versus LA-Lafayette. In a stunning turn of event, the victims were reportedly once again subjected to the close proximity..Read More
Pete Thamel officially releases report that lays out occurrences in which women associated with the ASU Men’s Basketball team were allegedly sexually harassed and assaulted by a prominent booster. Report alleges that Ray Anderson and ASU took weeks to launch the investigation after learning of the incidents, and still permitted..Read More
Ray Anderson was forced to let ASU Baseball head coach Tracy Smith go after he led the traditional “blueblood” level baseball program to historic lows. Smith ended his tenure with the lowest winning percentage in school history (.565), and he also had an overall losing record in Pac-12 play. Tracy..Read More
Pete Thamel at Yahoo Sports publishes a scathing report of several level 1 NCAA infractions that occurred under Herm Edwards tenure as head coach. An upset former employee reportedly supplied both ASU and the NCAA with a dossier filled with information and pictures regarding impermissible recruiting visits during dead periods..Read More
Former employee files a federal civil lawsuit against Ray and ASU. A former athletic official at Arizona State University has filed a federal civil lawsuit against the school, athletic director Ray Anderson and the Arizona Board of Regents tied to the school’s response to allegations of assault and sexual harassment..Read More
The first season since the NCAA violations were made public begins with Herm Edwards as the head coach and no self-imposed bowl ban from Ray Anderson despite the violations occurring under Herm Edwards leadership and tenure. ASU would beat Souther Utah 41 – 14. Source: Rewind: ASU runs over Southern..Read More
According to a report by Sports Illustrated, Ray Anderson is the second highest paid Athletic Director in the nation, making more money than the Athletic Director of Ohio State University which brings in nearly double the revenue each year, offers a greater number of sports, supports a greater number of..Read More
Former ASU Lacrosse Coach files wrongful termination suit. Claims retaliation for reporting school’s Title IX violations.
As reported, “Former Arizona State University women’s lacrosse coach Courtney Conner is suing the school and its board of regents claiming she was wrongfully terminated as a result of reporting numerous Title IX violations against the ASU athletic department.” Source: Former ASU Lacrosse Coach Files Wrongful Termination Suit | Athletic..Read More
When a fan voices his displeasure about the state of ASU Football and the NCAA investigation before an ASU basketball game, Ray loses it on the fan and shouts at him, “You’ll be wrong! Hey, we don’t need you here. We can do without you.” Source: Column: It’s past time..Read More
Chris Karpman at SunDevilSource.com reports that Herm Edwards participated in the alleged recruiting violations. This report comes despite both Ray Anderson’s unwavering support of Herm Edwards, and even Dr. Michael Crow saying publicly in a radio interview that Herm Edwards was not involved in the violations (we can only assume..Read More
“Last year I learned from an athletic department source that in the spring of 2022, Edwards, who was fatigued by the ongoing NCAA investigation, seeing his roster being depleted not only by a handful of assistant coaches but also by numerous talented players utilizing the transfer portal, offered Anderson his..Read More
The second season since the NCAA violations were made public begins with Herm Edwards as the head coach and no self-imposed bowl ban from Ray Anderson despite the violations occurring under Herm Edwards leadership and tenure. ASU would beat NAU 40 – 3. Source: ASU football vs. NAU score: Sun..Read More
In what Ray called “toughest day of my career”, his dear friend Herman Edwards is released as head football coach of ASU. Media outlets report Herm was fired, Ray Anderson described it as some type of mutual decision for Herm to step down. For many ASU fans, they considered this..Read More
Arizona State Press reports that Herm Edwards will receive a $4.4 million payout instead of being fired for cause and paid nothing as other outlets reported was a possibility and given the language in his contract if he or anyone under him participated in NCAA violations. Source: Herm Edwards to..Read More
Reports hit twitter of Ray Anderson overhearing a twenty-something year old fan talking about how they think it’s Ray’s last game. Unbeknownst to fan, his comments are overheard by Ray Anderson who was standing nearby. Ray Anderson feeling sensitive about the matter decides to confront the fan instead of brushing..Read More
Chief hearing officer for the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, Kay Norton wrote in the hearing panel’s ruling on the case against Tennessee: “This case came to the COI at a time of great change for the Association. Changes to the infractions process began roughly two years ago with the adoption..Read More
Immediately after joining the Big XII Conference, Ray Anderson offends our new conference by publicly mocking Morgantown, WV which is the home of the West Virginia Mountaineers. Source: Arizona State AD: ‘I Promise I’m Not Going to Morgantown’ – Sports Illustrated West Virginia Mountaineers News, Analysis and More
Jon Wilner called it an “epic administrative failure”. Pat Forde described it as latest in a “festival of dysfunction.” 44 days after the NCAA Committee on Infractions announced that bowl bans would be a thing of the past because they unfairly punished players and coaches who were not involved with..Read More