Arizona State Defensive Coordinator Pierce Steps Down
Feb 2, 2022, 4:55 PM
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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State associate head coach and defensive coordinator Antonio Pierce has resigned to pursue NFL opportunities, becoming the fifth assistant to depart the program in the wake of an NCAA investigation into possible recruiting violations.
Arizona State confirmed Pierce’s resignation on Wednesday, less than a week after offensive coordinator Zak Hill stepped down.
Defensive coordinator Antonio Pierce no longer is an Arizona State employee, per university spokesman.
He is the fifth ASU coach to depart in wake of the NCAA investigation on recruiting.
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The Sun Devils hired veteran NFL and college assistant coach Glenn Thomas to replace Hill.
Pierce, who spearheaded recruiting under coach Herm Edwards, was restricted from recruiting on the road prior to the early signing period in December.