Tag:Arizona State
Posted on: April 9, 2010 9:56 am
Edited on: April 10, 2010 8:38 am
 

Sources: Clemson has interviewed at least five


Wright State's Brad Brownell is one of at least five coaches who interviewed for the opening at Clemson over the past two days, multiple sources have told CBSSport.com. The others are Wofford's Mike Young, Jacksonville's Cliff Warren, ODU's Blaine Taylor and former Boston College coach Al Skinner.

Brownell has won at least 20 games four straight years and was widely considered the Horizon League's best coaching prospect until Butler's Brad Stevens rose to prominence this season. The Indiana native was in play for the Indiana job that went to Tom Crean two years ago. His candidacy at Clemson suggests the ACC school is considering hiring a rising star as opposed to someone whose career is on the decline like Skinner, the 57-year-old who was fired at BC last week. Young and Taylor both led their teams to the NCAA tournament this season. Warren coached in the NIT.

Other candidates Clemson has, will or could target are VCU's Shaka Smart, Western Kentucky's Ken McDonald, Ohio's John Groce, Oklahoma's Jeff Capel and Baylor's Scott Drew. Multiple sources told CBSSports.com that Clemson officias desired a meeting with Arizona State's Herb Sendek, a former North Carolina State coach, but that he turned down an interview request.

Clemson is searching for a replacement for Oliver Purnell.

He left last Tuesday to take over at DePaul for more than $15 million.
Posted on: October 2, 2009 9:52 am
Edited on: October 2, 2009 9:53 am
 

Arizona considered leader for in-state product


Arizona coach Sean Miller spent Thursday night with Daniel Bejarano and is now a strong candidate to gain a commitment from the in-state product who this week decommitted from Texas.

“I just want him to be happy wherever he goes," Bejarano's high school coach, Joseph Bustos, told MaxPreps.com's Jason Hickman. "For whatever reason Texas was no longer the place for him."

Among those reasons is Bejarano's reported desire to stay close to his Phoenix home after his father, Damion Gosa, was shot to death in June. Bejarano had been committed to Texas since last October. He's now considering Arizona and Arizona State but, at this point, seems more interested in the Wildcats.

“His first words when he decommitted was, `Hey, get a hold of coach Sean Miller,'" Bejarano's mentor, Ray Arvizu Jr., told the Arizona Daily Star's Bruce Pascoe. "He’s very excited.”

MaxPreps.com ranks Bejarano No. 28 overall in the Class of 2010.
Posted on: September 26, 2009 5:50 pm
 

Five hundred more words on Herb Sendek


I knew my Herb Sendek column would bring the wrath of N.C. State readers.

I was prepared for it.

I'm OK with it.

But I honestly believe the Wolfpack fans who wanted Sendek gone -- and, yes, I know it wasn't all Wolfpack fans -- and still stand behind the move are simply too close to the situation to properly understand what happened. They don't see it like I see it -- or like the rest of the country sees it -- because they're too emotionally attached to enjoy perspective.

Again, Sendek was pushed out after FIVE straight NCAA tournaments.

One. Two. Three. Four. Five.

Five straight!

Do you know how many ACC schools have strung five straight NCAA tournaments within the past 15 seasons?

(I do.)

The answer is five.
  • Duke under Mike Krzyzewski.
  • North Carolina under Roy Williams.
  • Maryland under Gary Williams.
  • Wake Forest under Skip Prosser.
  • N.C. State under Herb Sendek.
Of those five coaches, only one has been pushed out.

His name is Herb Sendek.

But, Gary, Sendek never made an Elite Eight!

That's the other sentence I've read 78 times in the past 24 hours.

And, obviously, that's a fair point.

(Turning sarcasm on)

Because failing to make the Elite Eight just isn't acceptable at what is, at best, the No. 3 basketball school in North Carolina -- a basketball school so great it was turned down by roughly 47 coaches before settling on Sidney Lowe. That's the type of place where Elite Eights should be the standard. I mean, it's not like N.C. State is as pitiful as Florida, which kept Billy Donovan despite him never so much as making a Sweet 16 in the five-year period from 2001 to 2005.

Can you believe that?

Donovan made the NCAA tournament in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.

He lost in the first round or second round each time.

Yeah, he won national titles in 2006 and 2007.

But still.

Those five years of early exits from the NCAA tournament were embarrassing.

(Turning sarcasm off)

Seriously, it's just insane.

It's one thing for UCLA to run off Steve Lavin or for Kentucky to run off Tubby Smith because simply making the NCAA tournament at UCLA and Kentucky might not be good enough. If moving Lavin leads to Ben Howland at UCLA, it can be rationalized. If moving Smith leads to John Calipari at Kentucky, then perhaps that can be justified, too.

But N.C. State -- and this is the part N.C. State fans refuse to grasp -- isn't UCLA or Kentucky.

It was never getting a Howland or a Calipari.

Or a Rick Barnes.

Or a Jay Wright.

Or any coach of that caliber.

That's why the situations don't compare, because N.C. State moved a guy who made five consecutive NCAA tournaments for an alumnus who had never coached college basketball. And though I actually like Sidney Lowe and recognize that recruiting is going relatively well, the truth is that he's currently predicted to finish 10th-or-worse in the ACC for the fourth straight season.

That's a fact that can't be spun positive.

And neither can the treatment Sendek received at N.C. State.
Posted on: September 25, 2009 3:30 pm
 

Hello: A tribute to Herb Sendek


Hayes Permar saw my column on Herb Sendek, then sent a note about a song and video created last year that debuted on 850 The Buzz in North Carolina. Basically, it's Lionel Richie's "Hello," but with different lyrics sung to N.C. State fans from Sendek's point of view.

I know some of you have probably seen it.

But if you haven't, you need to see it.

Very good.

Very funny.

So click this link and enjoy.
Posted on: September 10, 2009 8:11 am
Edited on: September 10, 2009 8:12 am
 

Sendek gets another elite guard from L.A.


Keala King, rated by Rivals.com as the nation's 25th-best prospect, has committed to Arizona State.

He chose the Sun Devils over Arizona and Stanford late Tuesday, and now Herb Sendek has yet another 6-foot-5 guard from Los Angeles on his way to ASU. The last prospect who fit that description was James Harden, an L.A. native who helped the Sun Devils make the NCAA tournament last season while earning Pac-10 Player of the Year honors.

Harden was the third pick of June's NBA Draft.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 12, 2009 2:15 pm
Edited on: March 12, 2009 2:18 pm
 

It's been a long time since ASU won one of these

The most interesting game today is Arizona-Arizona State.

Why?

Because a win by the Sun Devils could be what snaps Arizona's streak of 24 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, and what would be better than snapping a rival's streak? On the other hand, can Arizona State really beat Arizona in the Pac-10 tournament?

Or anybody in the Pac-10 tournament?

That's obviously a silly question.

But considering the Sun Devils haven't won a Pac-10 tournament game since 1990, perhaps it's not. Seriously, ASU has dropped six consecutive Pac-10 tournament games. Combine that with the fact that it did not qualify for the tournament in 2004, and that the league didn't hold a tournament from 1991 to 2001, and it is true that the Sun Devils are looking for their first Pac-10 tournament win since they beat Gary Payton's Oregon State Beavers in 1990.

Of course, James Harden didn't arrive at ASU until the 2008 Pac-10 tournament.

And Jeff Pendergraph wasn't involved in anything before the 2006 Pac-10 tournament.

Those two people will likely be the key to Arizona State breaking this streak if Arizona State does break this streak, and would you believe it if I told you Pendergraph could be more crucial than Harden? Consider: In ASU's past four games against Arizona (all of which were wins, by the way), Pendergraph is 24-of-38 (.632) from the floor and 22-of-26 (.846) from the free throw line. He is averaging 17.5 points and 10.0 rebounds. Meanwhile, Arizona's Jordan Hill -- a projected top five pick in June's NBA Draft -- is 21-of-51 (.411) from the floor and 12-of-18 (.667) from the free throw line in those four games. He's averaging 13.5 points and 10.3 boards.

Advantage: Pendergraph.

Really?

Yes ... at least statistically over their past four match-ups.

So that's a good sign for Arizona State, I think. But if Pendergraph -- who had 27 points and 10 boards in last weekend's win over California -- doesn't dominate Hill, there's always this (from the blog of the Arizona Republic's Doug Haller): ASU is 5-0 in games that have started before 1 p.m. local time.

Today's tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.

In Los Angeles, that's noon.

For ASU, that's good.

Posted on: March 6, 2009 8:16 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2009 8:20 pm
 

ASU's McMillan expected to miss Cal game

Arizona State has been to just one NCAA tournament in the past 13 seasons.

Trying to make it two in 14 is becoming more difficult by the day.

Why?

Because it's now doubtful Jamelle McMillan will play Saturday when the Sun Devils close the regular season against California, ASU media relations director Doug Tammaro told CBSSports.com on Friday. The 6-foot-2 guard left the arena on crutches Thursday night following a groin injury late in the loss to Stanford -- a loss that extended ASU's losing streak to three and dropped its record to 21-8 overall, 10-7 in the Pac-10; McMillan did not practice Friday. And though his expected absence clearly doesn't fall into the category of Oklahoma missing Blake Griffin or Saint Mary's missing Patrick Mills, it should be noted that McMillan was 14-of-27 (.519) from 3-point range while averaging eight points in 26 minutes per game in ASU's past seven outings.

Also worth noting: ASU's RPI ranking is currently 40.

This is important to keep in mind because no school from a BCS-affiliated league has ever been left out of the NCAA tournament with an RPI ranking of 39 or better. But 40? Yeah, 40 has been omitted (it happened to Cincinnati in 2006), which is my way of saying that if Arizona State beats California and gets that RPI ranking into the 30s everything should be fine. But if the Sun Devils lose and their RPI ranking drops deeper into the 40s, well, then things will start to get sketchy, especially when considering that four schools with RPI rankings in the 40s (No. 42 UMass, No. 46 Creighton, No. 48 Ole Miss and No. 49 Ohio State) were left out of the NCAA tournament last season.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 6, 2009 4:31 pm
 

Arizona State stringing rare road wins

One team I did not mention in the Friday Look Ahead is Arizona State, but there are a couple of interesting notes about the Sun Devils as they head into Saturday's game at Oregon State.

First, James Harden is coming off a 36-point effort.

That's strong.

And then there's this: ASU has now won three consecutive Pac-10 road games -- at UCLA, at Arizona and at Oregon -- for just the third time in the past 27 years. The last time was 1995-96, way back when Harden was a little kid. Or when I was a freshmen in college.

Category: NCAAB
 
 
 
 
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