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Michael Crow: ASU has not met with any men's basketball coaching candidates

Crow denied having a reported meeting with Buffalo coach Bobby Hurley

Michael Crow
ASU President Michael Crow meets with The State Press editorial board on Friday, April 3, 2015 at the Fulton Center in Tempe. (Ben Moffat/The State Press)

The search for Herb Sendek's replacement is ongoing, with ASU athletic director Ray Anderson in Indianapolis for the Final Four. 

ASU president Michael Crow told The State Press editorial board on Friday that a reported meeting with Buffalo coach Bobby Hurley didn't happen. 

"Ray and I have not met with any coaches," Crow said. "That meeting never occurred." 

Crow recalled a phone conversation between him and Anderson about it.

"Ray called me and said, ‘How was that meeting?'

I said, 'What meeting?' 

'The one with the coach from SUNY-Buffalo.' 

'When did we meet with the coach from SUNY-Buffalo?' 

'Oh, you know, according to the paper we met with them yesterday.' 

I said, 'Where did we meet with him?' I didn’t even know where he was. I think I was in California. I was in California, I don't know where he is. I think he’s going to the Final Four, so that’s in Indianapolis. So I said, 'Where did this meeting occur?'

He says, 'I don’t know.'"

Under Anderson, ASU will have made five coaching changes in a little more than a year. The Sun Devils changed coaches in gymnastics (retirement), wrestling and baseball last season, with men's basketball and swimming being active searches. The turnover is in part because of the higher goals ASU has set. 

“We’re not going to have any teams – none – that are not capable of striving for championships with students that are committed students that are working toward their degrees, completing their degrees and behaving in the ways that we want our athletes to behave," Crow said.

Crow said ASU has been called by sitting head coaches whose teams were in the NCAA Tournament about the position. He said the attractiveness of the position is the challenge of taking the program to the next level. 

"It’s one thing to come into a program that has been established by someone else, and run the things someone else built," he said. "It turns out for a person like me, that’s not of any interest to me at all or a lot of people. I want to be the person that came in and helped build it. So there’s plenty of coaches that want to come in and take us to the next level." 

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