When Vice President of University Athletics Ray Anderson took the podium in late November to set the standards for ASU football’s next head coach, he did so with an emphasis on one area: recruiting.
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Coming into Thursday night's game against the University of Washington, the ASU men’s basketball team aimed for its first opening week win in conference play.
From the time senior guard Tra Holder first picked up a basketball to his stardom at the Brentwood School, it’s all led him to these final games, just a month until the Big Dance, and just 141 days until the NBA draft.
In years past, ASU men’s basketball has not been recognized as an elite level program, but an undefeated non-conference stretch quickly changed that. Wins against Xavier University and the University of Kansas berthed a No. 3 ranking, and has since altered the landscape for Sun Devil fans.
Up three with nine seconds on the clock, ASU men’s basketball was moments away from celebrating a fourth conference win. But Utah Utes’ junior guard Sedrick Barefield only needed five seconds to burst up the court and nail a three-pointer, sending the game to overtime, where the Sun Devils would lose 80-77.
After an undefeated run in non-conference play, the ASU men’s basketball team appeared ready to compete with the UA Wildcats for dominance in the Pac-12. However, with teams playing tug-of-war within the conference, it’s easy to get lost in the feeding frenzy.
In the final game of a Northern California road trip, the ASU men’s basketball team held on in a physical contest to capture an 81-73 win over the University of California, Berkley Golden Bears (7-13, 1-6 Pac-12).
With every new basketball season comes the hope that every team will be blessed with a standout freshman, and this season, the ASU men’s basketball team was one of those lucky teams.
Heading into its fifth Pac-12 game of the season, the ASU men’s basketball team looked eager to shake off a tough loss to the University of Oregon. The Sun Devils (14-3, 2-3 Pac-12) did just that by squeaking by the Oregon State Beavers (10-7, 2-3 Pac-12) 77-75 at the Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday.
Once riding a 12-game winning streak and a No. 3 ranking, conference play has speedily turned into a one-and-three skid for the ASU men’s basketball team.
After starting conference play with two consecutive losses, ASU men’s basketball aimed to win in Salt Lake City, Utah for the first time since 1975 and ultimately pulled out the 80-77 win.
The obvious goal for ASU football heading into the 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl was to send Todd Graham and the senior class off as winners. Instead the Sun Devils (7-6, 6-3 Pac-12) lost 52-31 to the North Carolina State Wolfpack (9-4, 6-2) in a game that seemed out of reach from the first possession.
After a rambunctious month of December for ASU football, the Sun Devils (7-6, 6-3 Pac-12) looked to carry Todd Graham off the field as a winner one final time. However, the North Carolina State Wolfpack (9-4, 6-2) crushed ASU 52-31 to win the 2017 Sun Bowl.
A restructured plan for ASU football, set by Vice President for University Athletics Ray Anderson, highlighted specifications for an ideal head coach and football program that was outlined in three main points: retain the current coaching staff, upgrade the recruiting infrastructure and develop the program to be competitively consistent.
The last eight days have been a roller coaster ride for ASU football as the hunt for a new head coach spurred rumors and controversy, but it all came to an end on the night of Dec. 3.
Not even 24 hours after fans had celebrated ASU football’s Territorial Cup victory over UA did chaos brew in Tempe. Head coach Todd Graham was fired Sunday morning after beating UA for the fourth time during his tenure at ASU.
Sun Devil football head coach Todd Graham was fired this morning, just a day after the team’s Territorial Cup win over the University of Arizona.
With ASU basketball reeling in boatloads of fans, ASU football wasn’t ready to relinquish the hype quite yet as the Sun Devils (7-5, 6-3 Pac-12) captured the Territorial Cup after a win over UA. The Sun Devils' second-half whooping of the Wildcats (7-5, 5-4 Pac-12) ended with ASU on top 42-30.
Coming off of a dominant win in Corvallis, Oregon, ASU football returned home to capture the Territorial Cup from the UA Wildcats (7-5, 5-4 Pac-12). The Sun Devils (7-5, 6-3 Pac-12) erupted out of halftime with dominance on both sides of the ball, ultimately stomping the Wildcats 42-30.
While a bowl game is in ASU football’s near future, the Territorial Cup game against the UA Wildcats (7-4, 5-3 Pac-12) precedes the Sun Devils’ (6-5, 5-3 Pac-12) postseason appearance.