Ray Anderson resigned from his place as Arizona State’s athletic director, the college introduced in a information launch Monday. The transfer is efficient instantly.
“It has been a privilege to function ASU’s athletic director for practically a decade,” Anderson stated in a press release. “We’ve entered an unprecedented period the place the quantity and magnitude of modifications within the school sports activities panorama are astounding. As I strategy my seventh decade of life, these should not issues that my management would be capable of corral throughout my tenure. Continuity of management shall be wanted, and I’m selecting to step apart to let the college discover that chief.”
Anderson’s resignation comes on the heels of this system asserting earlier than the season that they’d self-impose a bowl ban in hopes of lowering penalties from the pending investigation into recruiting malpractices by former soccer coach Herm Edwards — whom Anderson employed — and his employees. The bowl ban was introduced 4 days earlier than Kenny Dillingham’s debut because the Solar Devils’ new coach.
The varsity introduced Monday that Jim Rund, ASU’s senior vice chairman of instructional outreach and scholar companies, would be the interim athletic director within the wake of Anderson’s departure. Rund was additionally the interim athletic director in 2013 when then-ASU AD Steve Patterson left for Texas.
Anderson, who attended and performed soccer at Stanford, was employed by ASU in January 2014 to be this system’s subsequent athletic director. Whereas Anderson had been an agent to NFL gamers and coaches, in addition to the vice chairman of the Falcons and the NFL’s government vice chairman of soccer operations, Arizona State was Anderson’s first school place.
His tenure in Tempe was one which featured highs similar to overseeing the $268 million renovation to Solar Satan Stadium, together with its naming rights settlement, in addition to a $38 million attire take care of Adidas and ASU’s forthcoming transfer to the Large 12. Nevertheless it additionally had a number of lows; Anderson was criticized for the dearth of success the soccer program had underneath his watch and most notably underneath Edwards, who went 28-27 throughout his time as coach.
Arizona State’s subsequent athletic director, in response to the college’s information launch, will “assist navigate ASU’s upcoming transfer into the Large 12 convention and different landscape-shifting points together with NIL, the switch portal and up to date Title IX challenges.”