It’s been a strange end to the summer for Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek.
While many wonder how much longer Sendek will coach the Sun Devils, there is no doubt that heading into the 2012-13 season that the lead man’s seat is getting “hotter.”
Recently, Sendek’s staff has taken a hit, as a pair of assistant coaches have left to pursue similar jobs elsewhere. Scott Pera left ASU to pursue an assistant coaching job at Penn, while Lamont Smith bolted for Pac 12 rival, Washington.
Now, Sendek is left to fill in the positions rather quickly, as another school year has already begun.
The good news for Sendek and Arizona State fans is that stud point guard Jahii Carson is eligible and ready to rock this season. Carson sat out all of last season, but the former top-100 recruit was patient and his time has finally arrived. Some speculate that Carson is the school’s top recruit and player since James Harden left the Sun Devils after one season.
Rumors will be rumors, but ESPN‘s Andy Katz has credited multiple sources in saying that Sendek may be pursuing Eric Musselman to help fill the void in the coaching staff.
Musselman would certainly help Arizona State, given his resume, but the Sun Devils and Sendek especially, need to move fast. Last season, ASU finished the year at 10-21 overall, extending their NCAA Tournament drought to three.
In fact, Arizona State has qualified for only one NCAA Tournament (2009) since the 2002-03 season.
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