The Arizona State football program was dealt yet another blow on Thursday, prompting renewed calls from some corners of social media for a change of leadership for the beleaguered program.
Quarterback Jayden Daniels, a three-year starter, announced he was entering the transfer portal, just weeks after it was reported he'd be staying in Tempe.
Daniels' apparent change of heart marked another crushing setback for athletic director Ray Anderson and head coach Herm Edwards, who have come under increasing criticism following a wave of firings and resignations from the coaching staff in the wake of a recruiting scandal. The latest such defection came this week, when former linebackers coach and former NFL star Antonio Pierce was hired by the Las Vegas Raiders.
Edwards is 25-18 in his four years at the helm, going 1-2 in bowl games with two second-place finishes and a third-place finish in the Pac-12 South.
The former Jets and Chiefs head coach left New York with a 39-41 record and three playoff appearances in five seasons, but saw his star dimmed after going 6-26 in his final two seasons in Kansas City. It took a decade before Edwards got his next head coaching gig, in Tempe, a hire many found to be out of left field.
On Thursday, soon after news broke of Daniels' impending transfer, a video surfaced on social media showing Sun Devils players rummaging through the quarterback's former locker.
The underwhelming results and a program in apparent disarray had journalists and fans smelling blood in the water.