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ASU Football: Pac-12 won't investigate Sun Devils in sign-stealing, says it's within rules

The Pac-12's latest statement should squash any debate about sign-stealing...for now.

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Like it or not, the Arizona State Sun Devils will be allowed to sign-steal all they want.

The Pac-12 issued a statement Thursday saying it hasn't received any formal complaints on Arizona State stealing opponents' signals and will neither investigate nor punish.

Here is the Pac-12's full statement:

The Pac-12 Conference has not received any formal complaints or requests for an inquiry from a Pac-12 institution regarding Arizona State potentially stealing opponents’ signals, and we have no reason to believe that ASU is or has violated any NCAA or Pac-12 rules.

Currently, there are no playing rules that restrict a team from observing an opponent’s offensive or defensive signals. The NCAA playing rules (1-4-11-a, b and f) cover what audio and video equipment is prohibited in the team area, coaching box and coaches’ booth, and specifically state that any attempt to record, either through audio or video means, any signals given by an opposing player, coach or other team personal is prohibited. We have not been provided any information that would lead the Conference to believe that Arizona State is violating NCAA rule 1-4-11.

The Sun Devils were at the center of debate around the conference this week when Oregon Ducks offensive coordinator Scott Frost said he believed ASU went a "great distance" to steal signs. Several members of the Utah Utes said they knew the Sun Devils were stealing signs, and Washington State Cougars coach Mike Leach, who faces Arizona State this week, called for an investigation.

Arizona State coach Todd Graham admitted to sign-stealing and didn't find anything wrong with it.

ASU's response: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯