Arizona State football assistant coach Adam Breneman has been put on paid administrative leave amid the school’s investigation into recruiting violation allegations, according to multiple reports.
According to Haller’s report, Breneman allegedly paid for a recruit’s travel expenses when he was a graduate assistant for ASU. Haller’s story quotes a former staffer as saying “Zero” regarding the chances Breneman did that on his own.
In January, Breneman was elevated to tight ends coach for ASU.
Breneman played tight end at both Penn State and UMass and came to ASU in February 2020 as a graduate assistant and worked with the offense. He replaced Derek Hagan, whose contract was not renewed, as the Sun Devils’ tight end coach.
Most graduate assistant positions are for two years.
Last month, The Athletic reported that ASU’s football program was under investigation for recruiting violations by the NCAA for possibly hosting high school athletes during the COVID-19 dead period, and potentially other recruiting violations.
“ASU can confirm the NCAA is conducting an investigation regarding allegations related to our football program,” a statement from ASU said. “In accordance with NCAA bylaws, the university cannot provide further comment at this time.”
Yahoo Sports reported new details citing sources saying that an anonymous person sent a file containing dozens of pages to the Arizona State athletic department, which included screenshots, receipts, pictures and emails related to numerous potential violations within the football program.
The documents are in possession of both the NCAA and ASU, and school officials have been conducting internal interviews, Yahoo! Sports reported.
Last September, 247Sports listed Breneman, who is just 26, on its “30Under30” list of the top college football coaches under 30.
Chris Hummer wrote of Breneman: “A former top 50 recruit and an All-American tight end for UMass, Breneman has quickly transitioned to the coaching ranks following his playing career. Breneman joined Arizona State’s staff this offseason, and he’s established himself as a key piece for the Sun Devil operation. Breneman has been a standout recruiter also coaches the team’s tight ends. Said head coach Herm Edwards of Breneman: “We don’t want to lose him now.”
Michelle Gardner and Jose M. Romero contributed to this story.