2018 Sun Devil Bowl Guide

34 L A S V E G A S B OW L | D E C . 1 5 , 2 0 1 8 A R I Z O N A S T A T E F O O T B A L L 2 0 1 8 B O W L G U I D E R ay Anderson was named Arizona State University’s Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director on Jan. 9, 2014, and has quickly redefined the collegiate athletics landscape over the course of his tenure at ASU. Anderson was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 25 Most Influential Minorities in Sports in February 2016, noting that he had “helped position the Sun Devils as one of the most innovative brands in college sports.” He received an extension in spring of 2018 through 2022. Highly influential in the world of collegiate athletics, Anderson is a board member of the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame, a member of the NCAA Football Oversight Committee, Chair of the new Ad Hoc NCAA Competition Committee, and most recently the Green Sports Alliance. Anderson was also one of a group of minority athletics directors to meet with NCAA President Mark Emmert and NCAA Leadership at the 2016 College Football Playoffs in Phoenix and encouraged the creation of a collegiate “Rooney Rule” to encourage diversity and inclusion in the hiring of athletics leadership. The initiative led the NCAA Board of Governors to create a pledge for university chancellors, presidents and conference commissioners to publicly express their support for diversity and inclusion efforts within intercollegiate athletics. In 2017, Anderson unveiled plans for a restructured ASU football model and named former NFL head coach Herman Edwards as the 24th head coach of Sun Devil Football. The department’s New Leadership Model will be similar to an NFL approach using a general manager structure. It’s a collaborative approach to managing the ASU football program that includes sport and administrative divisions, which will operate as distinct, but collective units focused on elevating all aspects of Sun Devil Football. This structure will allow the department to form a multi-layered method to the talent evaluation and recruiting processes, increase its emphasis on both student-athlete and coach development and retention, and provide a boost in resource allocation and generation. In November 2014, Anderson announced the addition of the Men’s Ice Hockey program, which was made possible through a record-setting $32 million donation, the largest in Sun Devil Athletics history. This gift provided mechanisms to fund the addition of both women’s lacrosse and women’s triathlon, which were both announced in the fall of 2015. The addition of these programs not only helps Arizona State maintain equity among scholarships, but also creates new opportunities to attract and retain diverse talent, both academic and athletically. Anderson has also clearly defined his expectations for Arizona State to be nationally competitive in all 26 varsity programs, and has parlayed this vision into a number of world-class head-coaching hires unseen at the collegiate level. Anderson is in the midst of an athletics’ facilities renaissance with the $307 million reinvention of Sun Devil Stadium and the University land development project known as the Athletic Facilities District or REIMAGINING SUN DEVIL ATHLETICS WITH RAY ANDERSON