Sendek Press Conference at 1pm

A press conference to announce Herb Sendek as the new Arizona State
University’s men’s basketball coach is expected to occur at around 1 p.m. EST. You can watch the press conference at

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33 Responses to Sendek Press Conference at 1pm

  1. sk7326 04/03/2006 at 11:53 AM #

    Best of luck to him. His regular seasons were dicey at times, but at the 3rd school in a 3-school triangle, it’s tough sailing. Exceptional tournament coach, and his first couple runs with the CC Harrison teams were magical. The idea that State can rise up to 1974 Standards which some of the posters have mentioned is insane. Jimmy V’s team was a stunning upset, an all timer for sure, but it shows, that even then, Thurl Bailey and all, the Pack had to shock the world to win. Nothing wrong with this, not everyone can be Duke.

  2. Only One 04/03/2006 at 12:19 PM #

    let’s see. jimmy v had multiple conference titles, multipe sweet 16’s a few elite 8’s. yeah you’re right. he was an overrated idiot.

  3. sk7326 04/03/2006 at 12:23 PM #

    Did I say V was overrated? Not at all. But State is not a turnkey operation (like NC, or Kansas, or Kentucky). Rodney Monroe ain’t walkin thru that door, that’s all. But if they find a good young guy, who knows? The Calipari/Jay Wright talk is hilarious, that’s all.

  4. Chris 04/03/2006 at 12:30 PM #

    Why is it hilarious? Calipari is talking with OU and we can definitely find the money for Wright. And I love these people who automatically throw V’s accomplishments under the bus in circumstances like these. Nevermind the man won 2 ACC titles and got us to Sweet 16’s and Elite 8’s after the ’83 run. It was all luck. He won with Sloan’s players and was a crook.

  5. beowolf 04/03/2006 at 12:30 PM #

    *Merciful heavens, how can we ever hope to compete?*

    Man, the comments from outsiders are a hoot.

  6. class of '74 04/03/2006 at 12:36 PM #

    To sk7326: If you had asked the question in 1970 can NCSU compete for a NCAA title what do you suppose the response would have been? Would that have been insane? Would you have been insane to say George Mason would make the final four in 2006?

    We can get the right coach and compete with our neighbors it has happened several times in my life and it will happen again sir.

  7. Dan 04/03/2006 at 12:40 PM #

    Jay Wright is available for the right price. For that matter, so is Rick Pitino.

    We are going to find out what the Wolfpack Club wants the basketball program to be real soon.

    A big stack of cash is a tempting thing: If you build it, he will come.

  8. wopacker1980 04/03/2006 at 12:41 PM #

    I think its just best if we go to DivII until roywonderboy and K retire, don’t you?! And you know, Phil Ford was better than Thompson too.

    I swear, the idea that we can’t compete no should we even desire to is so is the lamest talk I’ve ever heard. Obviously those same players from that ’74 team don’t agreee. Have you heard their comments, listened to them on the radio or TV?
    I saw Monroe score 48 points, I saw Kenny Carr take over a game and beat a top 10 UNX, you know what, it happened before and it certainly can happen again.
    If we don’t grab for the brass ring it certainly won’t fall in outr laps!

  9. El Scrotcho 04/03/2006 at 12:41 PM #

    Pat Summit is where its at.

  10. VaWolf91 04/03/2006 at 12:43 PM #

    How then did we ever get Rodney Monroe to come to our program?

    Heck, Herb himself has gotten some great recruits. He just wasn’t able to turn it into success on the court. Attracting recruits shouldn’t be a problem. Succeeding with those recruits on the court has been a problem (if you define success as including quality wins).

    A new coach, particularly one with a name and track record of success, will easily draw better recruits than we have enjoyed in a long time, and, hopefully, he will be able to coach them too.

    If Calipari/Wright talk is hilarious, why don’t you explain why the Memphis and/or Villanova job is better than ours. Here is my take.

    Tradition. State over both.

    Fan base. Not sure about Villanova, but I’m sure we have more fan support than Memphis.

    Conference. State over Memphis for sure. Depends on one’s perspective for Big East vs. ACC. I think Wright is from Philly, so he may prefer Big East.

    Facilities. I don’t know for sure about their facilities, but I know ours are supposedly amongst the finest in the country. State should have an edge over both of them here.

    Ego. It is doubtful a coach can become a coaching legend at Memphis and to a lesser extent Villanova (is Rollie a legend?). It has been proven that it can happen at State. Definitely as much or more national exposure for one of these coaches at State than at Memphis or Villanova.

    Money. Remains to be seen how much we might pull together for a name coach. That hasn’t been State’s approach for the past few coaches… but at those times our program was not the 4th most profitable in the country. I could see this being an issue, but it is not a given that it will be.

    I think the above clearly shows State’s job to be better than Memphis. And it is a tossup with Villanova, depending on perspective. I’m not sure either coach would come to State, but I’m sure they would think about it. And we should make them (and Rick Barnes) think about it.

  11. gf8ce 04/03/2006 at 12:45 PM #

    class of ’74, was it your email that MSD was reading over the airwaves this morning?

  12. beowolf 04/03/2006 at 12:48 PM #

    Sendek: “We live in a global world. Our neighbors are everbody.”

    A global world, folks. Oh man.

  13. sk7326 04/03/2006 at 12:51 PM #

    Rollie is a legend up there, for the same reason that Valvano is in Raleigh. Won quite a bit, but has that one victory that immortalized him. Philadelphia has the best college ball tradition of any city in the country (obviously Tobacco Road is special, just staying that both traditions are special enough).

    Calipari to Oklahoma is worth chatting with him, but I doubt his interest level is that high for something besides trying the NBA again which would be a horrible mistake on his part. I don’t know him obviously, but it seems for a guy with NBA creds, he is back in college for comfort and to try to win a national title. He was under fire for a while at Memphis but now is in a situation where the tournament is a non-issue. He is well paid, he is comfortable. He’s already had shark tank stress coaching at the elite level, not sure the ACC impresses him.

  14. class of '74 04/03/2006 at 12:52 PM #

    ^^Yes it was. Taylor has read numerous emails of mine on the radio since last fall. AKA “the pizza delivery guy”

  15. Clarksa 04/03/2006 at 12:54 PM #

    I think Memphis now plays in the same arena as the Grizzlies…

  16. sk7326 04/03/2006 at 1:11 PM #

    You don’t like Princeton ball? Funny is how Georgetown plays it now. It’s a superb up-tempo offense, as the Sacramento Kings have shown.

  17. BJD95 04/03/2006 at 1:17 PM #

    Somebody please link a transcript if one becomes available. From what I’ve gathered, he’s as appreciative of the fresh start as we are.

    Like I’ve said, a win-win scenario.

  18. EFFFFDuke&Carolina 04/03/2006 at 1:22 PM #

    “You don’t like Princeton ball? Funny is how Georgetown plays it now. It’s a superb up-tempo offense, as the Sacramento Kings have shown.”

    I believe the King’s have an empty trophy case to show for it.

  19. Alpha Wolf 04/03/2006 at 1:27 PM #

    ^ Nor will Georgetown be playing for a title tonight.

    However, they did beat Duke this past year.

  20. class of '85 04/03/2006 at 1:38 PM #

    that’s because Duke overplays the perimeter so hard. They were killed on the backdoor. Gtown did not shoot anything but layups the entire 2nd half of that game. The Princeton O will not work every night against all opponents. Especially if you run the shot clock down to 2 sec. and throw up a prayer.

  21. Pakkfan 04/03/2006 at 1:42 PM #

    Am I the only one that seems to have figured out a coach with National Presence WILL HIMSELF BRING IN AS MUCH AS $400,000 MORE FOR HIS OWN SALARY?

    Do the math people.
    Herb got $80,000 a year from his shoe contract because he was considered so elite.

    If you bring in a coach that actually has a national presence – which Herb did not – he will immediatly boost the pay for the basketball coach by $400,000 by himself.

    Let me talk real slow for those that dont understand.

    Herb’s pay at NCSU $800,000
    Herb’s pay at NCSU if he had national presence difference paid by Nike or Adidas : $1,200,000.

    So if the WPC kicks in $300,000 a year your at $1.5 mill even before local TV and radio realize they can make more promotional dollars selling ad space on the basketball shows.

    How can one of the top 10 most wealthy basketball programs in the US according to survey’s and research not be able to afford more?

  22. wopacker1980 04/03/2006 at 1:43 PM #

    As far as the Princeton offense and Herb, it certainly was a thing of beauty when it worked properly. However it only worked properly 3 or 4 times a season and always against FSU or UVA, never against Duke or UNX.

  23. class of '74 04/03/2006 at 1:49 PM #

    ^^Now there’s a math or econ major put to good use.

  24. GAWolf 04/03/2006 at 1:57 PM #

    Pakkfan… I’ve been saying the same thing all day. The bulk of a coach’s pay are completely dependent on his own ability to promote himself and his program. With that said, we have everything else in place to land a big fish… who can ultimately name his price with the shoe contract and media contract.

    With that said… we’re going to need to upgrade our coach’s show something terrible.

  25. Trout 04/03/2006 at 2:06 PM #

    “I’d like to begin by thanking so many wonderful people at North Carolina State. I was very blessed to have a remarkable chancellor, Dr. Jim Oblinger, a terrific athletics director, Lee Fowler, our chairman of the board, Wendell Murphy, as well as a great faculty and staff to work together with and a wonderful fan base who put us year in and year out among the leaders in the country in attendance.

    “Perhaps most significantly though, the opportunities that I continue to be blessed with are because of the wonderful young men who came to NC state to play for us. It is with a real sense of gratitude that I sit here today because of so many of those people and their efforts to help us along the way.

    “At the same time, I have a real sense of appreciation in my heart for the opportunity that Lisa [Love] has given me together with Dr. Crow. We had dinner last night and I got goose bumps listening to them speak with such passion about ASU and the possibilities, the limitless ends, that this institution and community have open to them. When Dr. Crow identified his vision of excellence, inclusion, and impact, it really resonated with me that the timing right now is perhaps like no other time in this community or university’s history to move forward and continue to do extraordinary things. It is with a very grateful heart that I sit here before you and together with you.”

    On the facilities at ASU

    “I had a first glance today and I will continue to have a chance to go over and see them. I see great potential here in our leadership. There is a mindset of `Yes, what we can do’ rather than `what we can’t do’. Forward thinking is our focus, it’s not what we lack or what we are insufficient in. The mindset that Lisa [Love] forwarded to me in the first meeting, and Dr. Crow echoed to me last night, is what our possibilities are. What we can do together. And to me, that’s tremendously invigorating.

    “I had been to Wells Fargo [Arena] in the past, a few times. But I had not been here in several years. I still haven’t seen all the facilities to be honest with you. Just the parts I happened to see while I was weaving my way around trying to meet people.”

    On a Pac-10 coach being from the West Coast

    “We have great respect for the West Coast and all it represents. I hope we are welcomed here, because this is going to be our new home. Our world is closer than it has ever been before. It’s not west coast-east coast United States. We live in a global world. Our neighbors are everybody. We don’t have arbitrary lives drawn by the Mississippi River, like we used to back in the cowboy days. We are in 2006, California and North Carolina are really not that far apart. We have had experience in recruiting the west coast. We have a member on my staff that has been on coaching staffs in the Pac-10. But let’s be inclusive and inter-connective. The Mississippi River is no longer the great divider.”

    On trying to become a top-tier program

    “I think our focus has to start and end with ourselves. We had a saying that we shared with our team all the time, `It’s about us, not them’. That’s where we have to focus our energies. That’s where we have to focus our time and efforts. Specifically the first focus has to be toward our men on our team right now. Not on the men on Washington or Oregon State’s team. We have to embrace who we are and focus on ourselves. This is a great league with some very accomplished programs. The Pac-10 is as competitive as any league in the country. We are going to have to battle tooth and nail to continue to get better.”

    On meeting the team

    “I had a chance to meet the team briefly this morning and I’m going to meet them again this afternoon when we have some more time. My first impression was exactly what I expected from a Rob Evans-coached team. I’ve known Coach Evans and I’ve been extremely impressed with him through out the years. The guys I met this morning presented themselves as gentle men. They were articulate. They were courteous and respectful. And I was very impressed with our first meeting together.”

    On the next stage in his coaching career

    “Not that I’m trying to put myself on the same plateau as Coach Olson but it struck me that he was very successful at Iowa and in a well established program in the Big Ten and he made a quantum leap to Arizona at a similar stage in his career. And as you look at the demographics in this area, and all the possibilities, I go back to phase I used earlier, timing is everything. It just seems like, for all the right reasons. This is the perfect time to be making this move for myself and my family. This seems like a limitless world. It is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of this family.”

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