Apr 16

Back in December of 2011 and January of 2012, 27schools made coaching changes in their football programs. Two years later who is doing the best? ASU’s Todd Graham is 18-9 in that time, and only three coaches have a better mark. Six schools have already made a coaching change since those hires (UAB, Penn State, UMASS, Arkansas State, Florida Atlantic and Southern Miss).

20-6: Fresno State (Tim DeRuyter); Texas A&M (Kevin Sumlin)

19-8: UCLA (Jim Mora)

18-9: Arizona State (Todd Graham)

16-9: Toledo (Matt Campbell)

16-10: Arizona (Rich Rodriguez)

15-10: North Carolina (Larry Fedora)

15-11: Rutgers (Kyle Flood); Ole Miss (Hugh Freeze)

13-12: Houston (Tony Levine)

13-13: Pittsburgh (Paul Chryst)

12-14: Colorado State (Jim McElwain)

9-16: Washington State (Mike Leach); Tulane (Curtis Johnson)


7-17: Memphis (Justin Fuente)

7-18: New Mexico (Bob Davie)

6-18: Illinois (Tim Beckman); Akron (Terry Bowden)

4-20: Kansas (Charlie Weis); Hawaii (Norm Chow)

Apr 15

ABOUT THAT HOME RECORD: ASU has gone 32-5 (.865) at home the past two seasons, tied for the second-best mark in the Pac-12 behind only Arizona (32-2/.942). Only Oregon (32-5) also has 32 home wins in that time. Also, ASU’s 14-4 (.778) Pac-12 home mark is tied with UCLA, Oregon and Cal for second in the league in that time, behind only Arizona (16-2/.880).

OVERALL PAC-12 HOME WINNING PERCENTAGE (2012-14)
ARIZONA 32-2 (.942)
ASU 32-5 (.865)
OREGON 32-5 (.865)
COLORADO 28-5 (.848)
UCLA 31-5 (.838)
UTAH 29-8 (.784)
CALIFORNIA 26-9 (.743)
WASHINGTON 25-11 (.694)
STANFORD 24-9 (.686)
OREGON STATE 21-13 (.618)
USC 18-14 (.562)
WASHINGTON STATE 18-15 (.545)

Apr 14

Catch Sun Devil baseball and softball in action on the Pac-12 Network or via a live stream this week and don’t miss the first look at the 2014 Sun Devil Football Team at Fan Fest Saturday!

 
Tuesday
Baseball vs. UNLV 6:30 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university

Thursday
Softball @ Washington 4 p.m. - Pac-12 Network
Baseball @ Stanford 6 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/stanford-university

Friday
Softball @ Washington 4 p.m. - Pac-12 Network
Baseball @ Stanford 6 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/stanford-university

Saturday
Football Fan Fest 11 a.m. - Pac-12 Network
Baseball @ Stanford 1 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/stanford-university

Apr 11

All seven home weekend baseball series’ during the 2014 “Tip You Cap To Packard” season are dedicated to honoring a different decade or aspect of Packard Stadium and Sun Devil Baseball’s storied legacy.

As part of the season-long celebration, we are recognizing season-ticket holders whose support through the years has played an integral role in the long-standing success of the program. 

Congratulations to this weekend’s Sun Devil Baseball Legacy Supporters, Bill and Dolores Copenhaver.

As part of our appreciation, Bill and Dolores will be recognized during Sunday’s game against Cal and will receive commemorative “Tip Your Cap To Packard” official memorabilia.  

Bill and Dolores have been season ticket holders since 1999, are Sun Devil Club members and live in Mesa.

Q&A with Dolores:

What is your best Sun Devil Baseball memory?

“An NCAA Regional game against Cal State Fullerton. An ASU player got beaned by a pitch on purpose and later hit a home run. I asked, ‘Why would a coach do that?’ I was excited to see the player make a difference in the score.”                                        

Favorite Sun Devil player?

Bobby Horner. Bill and I went down to Tucson when he was on the team. They were yelling and chanting some inappropriate things to Bobby. He then launched a home run over the green monster. It’s always great to see a player silence a crowd.”

What will you remember most about Packard Stadium?

“Visitors talking about how beautiful the stadium is and that it’s the best in the Pac-12. The grass is beautiful and it is a perfect setting for baseball.”

Have you ever been to Omaha?

“I have been out for three World Series’, but have not attended a game since the Omaha facilities were improved. I was surprised how flat Omaha was.”

Favorite memory from the last season at Packard stadium?

“When Bill and I threw out the opening pitch this year. Bill didn’t get it to home plate but the players were so nice. Many people are ‘stand offish’ to old people, but these ASU players made me feel right at home.”

Favorite jersey?

“The best jerseys are the ones from Saturday against USC. The 70s jerseys have the Sun Devils colors so prominent. The black ones today just don’t scream ASU.”

Apr 08

Tempe will be hosting another Triathlon on Sunday, April 13 resulting in some major roadway restrictions along Rio Salado Parkway, Rural Road, Priest Drive and McClintock Drive. Please keep the below restrictions in mind when driving to campus on Sunday.
 
The roadway restrictions will be up around 6:30 a.m. and in place until about 1:00 p.m.  To gain access north or south of Rio Salado between Priest and Price please use the 101 to University and or Broadway.  The westbound off ramps at Priest and the 202 will be closed.  The eastbound off ramps at Priest and 202 are open.  Access from Scottsdale/202 will be limited to local traffic on the north side of Rio Salado (Hayden Ferry Lakeside/Ryan Construction).

Apr 07

Don’t miss any of the Sun Devils in action this week on Pac-12 Networks and through Sun Devil Athletics live streams. The complete list of competitions is below!

Wednesday
Baseball vs. Arizona 6:30 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university

Thursday
Softball vs. Utah 7 p.m. - Pac-12 Network

Friday
Softball vs. Utah 5 p.m. - Pac-12 Network
Baseball vs. California 6:30 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university

Saturday
Softball vs. Utah 12 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university
Baseball vs. California 6:30 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university

Sunday
Baseball vs. California 12:30 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university

Apr 05

The Sun Devil Football team completed its third week of spring practice on Saturday, April 5, with a scrimmage inside Sun Devil Stadium.

ASU will officially kick off the 2014 football season on Saturday, April 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the annual Sun Devil Football Fan Fest. This event is free of charge and will include activities for fans of all ages beginning at 9 a.m., with the on-field portion of the event set for an 11 a.m. start.

Sun Devils who attend Fan Fest have a chance to win a trip for two to the ASU vs. Washington Game Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at Husky Stadium. The giveaway includes hotel, airfare and tickets for two to the game. Click here for contest details and to enter.

Early bird pricing for fans looking to purchase season tickets for the 2014 football season expires April 30. Season tickets are currently on sale at www.sundeviltickets.com or by calling the Sun Devil Athletics Ticket Office at 480-965-5333. Click here for pricing and more information about Sun Devil Football season tickets. 

In addition to guaranteeing the same seat for all 2014 home games, becoming a Sun Devil Football Season Ticket Holder is the only way to guarantee tickets to the Notre Dame game on Nov. 8, 2014, at Sun Devil Stadium.

Individual statistics from Saturday’s scrimmage are below.

Passing

Bercovici, Michael (QB) - 11-for-22 for 105 yards, including a long of 23, with one touchdown (14 yards) and one interception

Cohan, Taylor (QB) - 0-for-1

Kelly, Taylor (QB) – 9-for-20 for 67 yards, including a long of 17, with one touchdown (17 yards) and two interceptions

Ricedorff, Rathen (QB) – 0-for-3

Rushing

Bercovici, Michael (QB) – four carries for five yards, including a long of five

Beverly-Collins, Mark (RB) – one carry for one yard

Brimhall, Jacom (RB) – 13 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown, including a long of 17 (TD)

Foster, DJ (RB) – one carry for two yards

Gammage, Freddy (WR) – one carry for four yards

Higlers, Jarek (RB) – one carry for four yards

Kelly, Taylor (QB) – four carries for 22 yards, including a long of 10

Lewis, Deantre (RB) – 10 carries for 36 yards, including a long 15

Middlebrooks, Kyle (RB) – seven carries for 39 yards, including a long of 20

Receiving

Chambers, Gary (WR) – three catches for 23 yards and a touchdown, including a long of 16 (TD)

Gammage, Freddy (WR) – two catches for 16 yards, including a long of 10

Jefferson, Ellis (WR) – six catches for 68 yards and a touchdown, including a long of 14 yards (TD)

Lewis, Deantre (RB) – one catch for eight yards

Martinez, Grant (TE) – seven catches for 83 yards, including a long of 34

Middlebrooks, Kyle (RB) – one catch for three yards

Smith, Cameron (WR) – one catch for 13 yards

Strong, Jaelen (WR) – one catch for four yards

Kicking

Gonzalez, Zane (PK) - 7-for-10 field goals with a long of 49, 2-for-2 extra-points

Made: 25, 35, 35, 38, 42, 42, 49

Missed: 35, 46, 51

Defensive notables

Calhoun, D.J., (LB) – sack

Cherry, Demetrius (DL) – fumble recovery

Hardison, Marcus (DL) – interception

Longino, Antonio (LB) – sack

Randall, Damarious (S) – interception

Sellars, Ronnie (CB) – two pass break-ups

Washington, Marcus (LB) – interception 

Apr 03

This past weekend we came away with another huge road series win against the defending national champions, UCLA.

Winning on the road in the Pac-12 is always huge, but to do it against two of the better teams in the conference…it’s just not something that every team can do. Yet we happened to do it not once, but twice in back to back weekends (at No. 4 Oregon State and at No. 15 UCLA), while also beating that team down south handedly in the middle of it.

Like we’ve been saying all fall and all season, there’s something different about the group of guys we have in the clubhouse.  

Bouncing back after a tough Friday night loss this past weekend against the Bruins (7-3, L) was huge for us once again as we evened the series on Saturday afternoon with an 8-5 victory. Winning on Saturday, especially the way we did it by taking a 5-0 lead and never surrendering it, gave us the momentum again going into Sunday. We knew we had a great opportunity to win another road series against a ranked Pac team. No excuses, no distractions. Just go out there and play like we know we can and take care of business.  

Having a consistent solid pitching performance on Sunday this year from junior Darin Gillies has been a game-changer for us so far because no matter how we start off hitting, we have always been in the fight late in the game and that is all you want on Sundays. Coach Esmay has always told us since the day I walked on campus that the Pac-12 is won on Sundays. Well we’ve been winning series’ on Sundays as of late, and that has put us in a great spot moving forward.

We’re finally playing a series back here at home against USC after two straight weeks on the road, and I know we’re all looking forward to having the Packard faithful back on our side.

All seven home weekend baseball series’ during the 2014 “Tip You Cap To Packard” season are dedicated to honoring a different decade or aspect of Packard Stadium and Sun Devil Baseball’s storied legacy.

As part of the season-long celebration, we are recognizing season-ticket holders whose support through the years has played an integral role in the long-standing success of the program. 

Congratulations to this weekend’s Sun Devil Baseball Legacy Supporters, Nap Lawrence and the late Col. B.L. Stephens.  

As part of our appreciation, Nap and Sherrill Stephens, Col. Stephen’s brother, will be recognized during Sunday’s game against USC and will receive commemorative “Tip Your Cap To Packard” official memorabilia.  

Col. Stephens became a season ticket holder in 1978 and lived in Tempe:

Colonel Stephens was an ASU fan through-and-through. He received his bachelor’s degree at ASU in 1950 and his master’s in 1958. He whole-heartedly enjoyed coming to Sun Devil baseball games and supported many ASU athletic programs.

Q&A with Nap, who has been a season ticket holder since 1978, is a Sun Devil Club member and lives in Chandler:

What is your best Sun Devil Baseball memory?

Watching Hubie Brooks and Bobby Horner lead ASU to the College Baseball Title.”

Favorite Sun Devil player?

Hubie Brooks and Bobby Horner.”

What will you remember most about Packard Stadium?

Considering Packard Stadium the finest and fullest stadium for years in college baseball.”

Have you ever been to Omaha?

At least six times.”

What was the best game played at Packard Stadium? 

Every victory against Tucson.”

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Above: Barb Lawrence, ASU vs Cal Poly on February 17, 1979

Below: Dwayne Jackson, Spike Lawrence, Barry Bonds, Barb Lawrence and Alvin Davis  

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Below: Coach Jim Brock, Barb Lawrence and Mike Colburn 

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Below: Kelli Kushner, George DuGanz, and Steve and Annie Ryan 

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Below: Peter Packard, Chief, and Barb and Nap Lawrence 

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Below: Peter Packard, Chief and Nap Lawrence 

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Below: Vicki and Spike Lawrence, June 1978

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Apr 01

The City of Tempe is proud to host the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Triathlon Championships for the second year. The event will take place over two days - Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5. Please use the following information when planning trips to Tempe this weekend!
 
The best way to access ASU is to use Rural Road and use University Drive
The best way to access downtown Tempe at all times on April 4 and 5 is to use University Drive.

Closures/Restrictions

Friday, April 4: 6:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. & Saturday April 5: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
CLOSED
Rio Salado Parkway (east and westbound) between Mill Ave. and Hardy
Mill Ave. (north and southbound) between Curry and Rio Salado
Lake View Drive
Curry Road eastbound from Mill Ave. to College Ave.

Saturday April 5: 5am – 1:30pm
CLOSED:
Rio Salado (east and westbound) between Mill Ave and Priest
Center Pkwy
Washington eastbound between Mill and Priest
Mill Ave. southbound between Curry and Rio Salado
Curry Rd westbound between Mill and College
College Ave southbound between McKellips and Curry
RESTRICTED:
Rio Salado, Mill Ave and Rural:
1 lane open eastbound
1 lane open westbound
Priest Drive northbound
1 lane open Rio Salado and Washington
Mill Ave northbound
1 lane from Rio Salado to Curry
Curry Rd westbound
1 lane open College to Mill
Curry Rd eastbound
1 lane open Mill to Rural
College Ave southbound between McKellips and Curry

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