While summer is not officially over, it sure feels like it at ASU with classes and campus in full swing. We had a great summer as a team and are excited to begin our skill and team workouts again. Our first game on November 14th is right around the corner!
I was blessed to see and talk with so many Sun Devils this summer. Whether I was here in Tempe, Pittsburgh or California, we are always surrounded by the Sun Devil Nation. We even had visitors from Hong Kong! Mike Zamora and his son visited us here in Tempe before going to Shanghai to watch Bo Barnes play the Shanghai Sharks as part of the Pac-12 Basketball All Star Tour.
Here are the most often asked questions from Summer 2014:
How is recruiting going? While NCAA Bylaws preclude me from commenting on any specific recruits, I can say that our recruiting is going well. We are involved with terrific student-athletes that will continue to elevate the ASU Basketball brand and complement our aggressive, fast style of play.
What do you think of this year’s team? I really like our team on and off the court. We are going to be deeper, more athletic and tougher. While we won’t have the rim protection that Jordan provided, we will employ other defensive strategies to keep our opponents from scoring. I like the way we are rebounding the ball too and look for improvement from last year in that area. We have a tough group of young men that are going to play hard all 40 minutes of every game. Please stop by our open practice at Weatherup on Saturday, October 11th so you can personally meet them. Stay tuned for the exact time.
Where are we going to get our points this season? No doubt a lot of points graduated with the departure of Jordan, Jermaine and Jahii. And while Jon Gilling will continue to be a large part of our offense, we look to be less predictable this season with different players scoring in double digits each night.
What are you reading? I am currently reading Boys in the Boat. This summer I also read Getting to Yes and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I am always looking for good non-fiction, so if you have any suggestions, hit me on twitter @HerbSendek with your suggestions!
This past week I spent a wonderful evening with Devils Barb and Rich Malone at Larry Fitzgerald’s Charity Dinner. It was a fun evening. I appreciate so much the work he does here in our community.
On their second possession of the game the Sun Devils marched 33 yards down the field in nine plays, culminating in a 33-yard field goal by kicker Zane Gonzalez. The Sun Devils have now scored first 22 out of the last 28 games.
Sun Devils lead 3-0 with 8:27 remaining in the first quarter.
Running back D.J. Foster has eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing. He did so on his first carry of the season, a 7-yard run on first down.
If you’re a member of #SunDevilNation, but live outside of Arizona, then we have you covered. Whether you’re living in New York City or Colorado Springs, Colo., check out our viewing guide for where to watch the game or check out the ASU Alumni Association’s game watching locations map at http://alumni.asu.edu/events/game-watching. #GoDevils
Buffalo Wild Wings
4280 S. Hualapi Way #108
Las Vegas, NV 89147
Fox and Hound Bar & Grill
3101 New Center Point
Colorado Springs, CO 80922
Blake Street Tavern
2301 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80205
610 Nueces St.
Austin, TX 78701
The Phoenix on Westheimer
1915 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77098
Fox and Hound Bar & Grill
12651 Vance Jackson Road #110
San Antonio, TX 78230
Catch 22 Bar & Grill
770 North Milwaukee Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
The Cubby Bear
1059 West Addison Street
Chicago, IL 60613
1833 McKees Rocks Road
McKees Rocks, PA
Buffalo Wild Wings
985 E Fort Union Blvd
Midvale, UT 84047
7305 Aurora Ave. N, Aurora Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
American Junkie in Hermosa Beach
68 Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA
Barney’s Beanery in Burbank
250 N. 1st St.
The Parlor in Hollywood
7250 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
Wayward Captain Watersports
2406 Newport Boulevard
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Rookies Sports Lodge
1535 Meridian Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125
1326 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
Firehouse No. 37
250 Market Place
San Ramon, CA 94583
Boomer Esiason’s Stadium Grill
222 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
An average of 62,689 watched us play eight games between the Buttes in 2013
501,509 helped us fill Sun Devil Stadium through December
Our students’ voice grew louder as “The Inferno” became the largest in the Pac-12
#SunDevilNation has never been stronger and with our community’s continued support, our program will maintain its momentum.
As part of the season-long celebration of the best fans in college football, we are recognizing season-ticket holders whose support through the years has played an integral role in building our program.
Congratulations to this game’s Sun Devil Football Legacy Supporter, Bill Mehok.
As part of our appreciation, Bill will be recognized during pregame (35-minute mark) of Thursday’s game against Weber State. Check back with Pitchfork Posts all season long to learn about all 12 of our Football Legacy Supporters.
Describe your favorite Sun Devil Football road game trip
I started going to out-of-town games in 1970
In 1996, when we played OSU [Oregon State] and we’re down at halftime. We’re tailgating in the fog, the local ASU alums told us the fog would lift and the sun would come out, but we’re still drinking hot chocolate and coffee. Losing at halftime, we caught the kick return and ran it back for a TD.
In the first bowl game [head coach Frank] Kush took us to, we played NC [North Carolina] in the Peach bowl in the snowstorm. We had a tailback, Monroe Eily, and we were losing at halftime, but then we doubled the score in the second half and we won the game
At the 1987 Rose Bowl, my wife set us up in Newport Beach and we were only one of two ASU couples there. The rest of place was all Michigan people. We got ragged going up, but we made up for it when we won.
What are you most looking forward to in regards to the new stadium?
The fact that it will be remodeled and up to speed with schools like Oregon. We are looking forward to all the improvements.
What do you like most about game day?
The tradition of when the players take the field with the fireworks. It’s so cool to see the team running out of Tillman Tunnel. That’s a tradition that has been ongoing for many years here at ASU, and now more and more Pac-12 schools are doing the same thing.
What is your favorite uniform combination?
It was Maroon Monsoon, but I really dig the new one. They outdid themselves. In comparing the new uniforms in the Pac-12, ASU’s were picked even over Oregon.
What is your favorite Sun Devil Athletics memory?
In 1996 when we played Nebraska here and beat them 19-0, which was retribution from 1995 when they beat us. We had a great team in ‘96 with players like Keith Poole and Jake Plummer.
Coach Graham, Bill’s granddaughters Lauren and Hannah Mehok, and Bill at the Hunger Bowl in SF two years ago
Bill’s son, Steve Mehok, and his granddaughter and ASU student Lauren Mehok, and coach Frank Kush
I learned at our University Management Team meeting today from Dr. Crow that ASU currently has over 83,000 undergraduate and graduate students and online students enrolled today for the Fall 2014 term! The breath, depth and scope of this institution is truly staggering. I left the meeting even more passionate about the role Arizona State University plays in our community, state, country and world. We are truly surrounded by cutting edge innovation. I’m proud to recruit young men to this environment and believe we offer a unique education that prepares them for life after basketball.
With that said, our team began classes this week. We are not able to work with the team on the court yet, but they remain active in the weight room and we will start skill work outs in the near future. Similar to last week, it’s just great to have them all here on campus starting a new semester. We really do have a wonderful group of young men that are eager to learn both in the classroom and on the court. We look forward to starting the season. The team had a chance to be part of the Freshmen Fall Welcome and Shaq fired up the group. He’s a natural on the mic and a good reason for all 11,000 freshmen to fill WFA for every home game!
Our full schedule will be released in the next few weeks. We are as eager as you are to know the days and times we play. Stay tuned!
Continue to follow me on twitter @HerbSendek and if you have not visited our Men’s Basketball page at www.thesundevils.com please be sure and read the feature on Junior Eric Jacobsen and sophomore Chance “Biz” Murray (Biz is my nickname for him, not his!)
Senior quarterback Taylor Kelly spent the morning delivering season tickets to fans across the valley.
His first stop was Val Vista Lakes Elementary School, where he presented 6th grade teacher Mr. Hardy with his 2014 tickets.
Taylor also made a stop at the Duffy’s household in Scottsdale to give Mark a much-needed break while he recovers from surgery.
Taylor spent more than an hour at Val Vista Elementary, speaking to a few 6th grade classes, signing autographs, and of course taking selfies.
Taylor even got to take a seat at the principal’s desk…
It is clear #SunDevilNation is alive and well.
Head Coach Todd Graham announced to the team in a meeting this afternoon that five walk-ons – wide receiver Freddy Gammage, llinebackers Jason Franklin and Brandon Mathews, safety Jordan Simone, and offensive lineman Chip Sarafin – have earned scholarships.
Three of the Sun Devils are local products from the Phoenix Valley, including Gammage (Phoenix, Brophy Prep), Mathews (Mesa, Mountain View HS)) and Sarafin (Gilbert, Highland HS) .
This if yet another example of how local kids that really cherish the game of football can walk-on and earn a scholarship at ASU if they work hard and dedicate themselves to the program.
We did some number crunching and some research, and although he is entering just his third season, Coach Graham has already been on the job longer at ASU than 55 current FBS coaches, and as long as 77 coaches.
We found a great list right here to start with.
Yup. There were 31 coaching changes after the 2012 season, and another 19 last season. So when you toss in the five that were hired the same time he was (after 2011 season) who have moved on, nearly half of college football has changed their coaches in the past three seasons.
In the Pac-12, only Mike Riley (hired by Oregon State in 2003), Kyle Whittingham (Utah in 2004), Dave Shaw (Stanford in 2011) have been at their school longer than Coach Todd Graham. After the 2011 season Pac-12 coaching changes included Graham and Rich Rodriguez (Arizona), Mike Leach (WSU) and Jim Mora (UCLA). USC, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and California all have had a coaching change more recent that Arizona State.
Here is our list.
It includes the year coaches started at that school, and then in parentheses is how many other coaches from that year are still with that team and the amount of coaching changes that season (thanks to the NCAA for those numbers). And hard to believe less than a decade ago in 2006 there were only 11 coaching changes in a college football season.
Edits encouraged if you see a mistake, email Doug Tammaro at firstname.lastname@example.org, but this is the list we came up with heading towards the first game of the 2014 season.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACHES LONGEVITY CHART
1986 (1/22): Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech
1990 (1/20): Larry Blakeney, Troy
1998 (2/14): Bob Stoops, Oklahoma; Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
2000 (3/14): Gary Pinkel, Missouri; Gary Patterson, Texas Christian; Mark Richt, Georgia
2003 (3/18): Mike Riley, Oregon State; George O’Leary, Central Florida
2004 (4/14): Steve Spurrier, South Carolina; Kyle Whittingham, Utah; Bronco Mendenhall, Brigham Young; Frank Solich, Ohio
2005 (3/24): Les Miles, Louisiana State; Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State; Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee
2006 (3/11): Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Troy Calhoun, Air Force
2007 (7/23): Nick Saban, Alabama; David Bailiff, Rice; Art Briles, Baylor; Bo Pelini, Nebraska; Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech; Ken Niumatalolo, Navy; David Cutcliffe, Duke
2008 (7/18): June Jones, Southern Methodist; Joey Jones, South Alabama; Dabo Swinney, Clemson; Bill Snyder, Kansas State; Dave Christensen, Wyoming; Dan Mullen, Mississippi State; Paul Rhoads, Iowa State
2009 (8/21): Larry Coker, Texas-San Antonio; Jimbo Fisher, Florida State; Mike London, Virginia; Brian Kelly, Notre Dame; Todd Berry, UL Monroe; Doc Holliday, Marshall; Jeff Quinn, Buffalo; Bobby Hauck, UNLV
2010 (10/23): Dan Enos, Central Michigan; Ruffin McNeill, East Carolina; Don McCarney, North Texas; Kevin Wilson, Indiana; Jerry Kill, Minnesota; Will Muschamp, Florida; Al Golden, Miami; Mark Hudspeth, UL Lafayette; Pete Lembo, Ball State
2011 (7/23): Randy Edsall, Maryland; Dennis Franchione, Texas State; Brady Hoke, Michigan; Rocky Long, San Diego State; David Shaw, Stanford; Bill Blankenship, Tulsa; Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia
2012 (22/27): Bob Davie, New Mexico; Rich Rodriguez, Arizona; Urban Meyer, Ohio State; Mike Leach, Washington State; Hugh Freeze, Mississippi; Curtis Johnson, Tulane; Larry Fedora, North Carolina; Justin Fuente, Memphis; Charlie Weis, Kansas; Tim Beckman, Illinois; Jim Mora, UCLA; Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M; Matt Campbell, Toledo; Jim McElwain, Colorado State; Todd Graham, Arizona State; Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State; Norm Chow, Hawaii; Tony Levine, Houston; Terry Bowden, Akron; Paul Chryst, Pittsburgh; Kyle Flood, Rutgers
2013 (28/31): Gus Malzahn, Auburn; Bret Bielema, Arkansas; Steve Addazio, Boston College; Sonny Dykes, California; Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati; Mike MacIntyre, Colorado; Ron Turner, Florida International; Paul Petrino, Idaho; Paul Haynes, Kent State; Mark Stoops, Kentucky; Skip Holtz, Louisiana Tech; Dave Doeren, NC State; Brian Polian, Nevada; Doug Martin, New Mexico State; Rod Carey, Northern Illinois; Mark Helfrich, Oregon; Darrell Hazell, Purdue; Ron Caragher, San Jose State; Todd Monken; Southern Miss; Scott Shafer, Syracuse; Matt Rhule, Temple; Butch Jones, Tennessee; Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech; Matt Wells, Utah State; Sean Kugler, UTEP; Willie Taggert; USF; Gary Andersen, Wisconsin; P.J. Fleck, Western Michigan.
2014 (19): Blake Anderson, Arkansas State; Jeff Monken, Army; Byran Harsin, Boise State; Dino Babers, Bowling Green; Bob Diaco, UCONN; Chris Creighton, Eastern Michigan; Charlie Partridge, Florida Atlantic, Bobby Petrino, Louisville; Mark Whipple, UMASS; Chuck Martin, Miami (Ohio); James Franklin, Penn State; Charlie Strong, Texas; Bill Clark, UAB; Steve Sarkisian, USC; Derek Mason, Vanderbilt; Dave Clawson, Wake Forest; Chris Petersen, Washington; Jeff Brohm, Western Kentucky; Craig Bohl, Wyoming
Our guys have enjoyed time with their family and friends this week before they return to class. We are proud of the strong team finish in summer school. It’s been odd though not seeing them everyday in Weatherup.
Senior Bo Barnes has had no time off though as he is part of the Pac-12 MBB All Star trip in China. We received a wonderful compliment this week from Associate Commissioner Gloria Nevarez:
It’s been such a pleasure having Bo on this trip. The team has been bonding and Bo has been first class. AND tonight he was on fire!! We won by 25. Thanks for sending him. He’s been a fantastic diplomat and gentleman.
If you have not read this feature on our cowboy click here!
Make sure you mark the morning of Saturday, October 11th on your calendar to stop by Weatherup for an open practice. We will run a regular practice followed by the Maroon and Gold Scrimmage in late October/November. This will be a up close opportunity to see the seven newcomers along with the returning squad. You’ve read about these young men, now come see us in action!
Continue to visit the men’s basketball page on www.thesundevils.com for new stories. We will have a conference schedule in a few weeks as well.
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