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Arizona State Assistant AD On Leave Following Domestic Assault Charges

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Arizona State university has been forced to address a domestic assault scandal just hours prior to the kickoff of their 2013 football season.

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Arizona State placed assistant athletic director for recruiting Sherman Morris on administrative leave Thursday in response to his arrest in a domestic-violence incident from Aug. 29, according to the Arizona Republic's Doug Haller.

Morris has been charged with one count of aggravated assault-serious physical injury and one count of aggravated assault-impeded breathing (strangulation), according to CBSSports.com.

Considering it's gameday, it's not entirely surprising that ASU has been mum about the whole ordeal but they did release a very brief statement around 12pm:

"We have put a football staff employee on administrative leave pending the outcome of a review of the facts in the case."

This is Morris' first season at Arizona State after spending the previous six years as the Director of Player Personnel at LSU. Morris twice won National Recruiter of the Year award during his tenure at Louisiana State University. Before his time with the Tigers, Sherman worked as the Assistant Athletic Director and Assistant Head Football Coach at Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Florida.

Obviously this distressing news puts a damper on the season opener against Sacramento State but we will continue to update our readers as this story develops.