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Report: Former Penn State Tight End Adam Breneman Placed On Administrative Leave By Arizona State

Former Penn State football tight end Adam Breneman has been placed on paid administrative leave from his coaching position at Arizona State, according to a report Sunday night by Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports.

Thamel reports that Breneman was one of 10 Arizona State coaches and staffers mentioned in a dossier of documents that accuses the program of potential recruiting violations. Breneman, a native of Camp Hill, Pa., spent time as a graduate assistant for the Sun Devils in 2020 and was promoted to tight ends coach this past January.

The alleged violations include illegal recruiting visits during the COVID-19 dead period, trips to campus, and flights being paid for recruits. Thamel’s report specifically notes that Breneman is alleged to have paid $596.20 for a recruit to visit Arizona State’s campus. The dossier is reported to have included email screenshots and receipts for that transaction that took place in July 2020.

According to Thamel, wide receivers coach Prentice Gill and defensive backs coach Chris Hawkins are also named in the dossier for purchasing airline tickets and arranging travel for recruits.

Breneman spent three seasons at Penn State and totaled 186 receiving yards and three scores as a freshman in 2013. After he was sidelined with injuries, he transferred to UMass and had an All-American career in which he racked up 12 touchdowns and 1,572 receiving yards in just two seasons.

Once his football career wrapped up, Breneman spent some time in politics and even gained recognition for his podcast, “The Adam Breneman Show,” before taking the job in Tempe.

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Will Pegler

Will is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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