ESPN: ASU one of worst jobs, UA one of the best
According to ESPN.com, which ranked the conference's jobs, the one in Tucson is second-best, while the one in Tempe is ranked ninth.
2. Arizona: Like UCLA, the past few years don't define the lure of this post. The Wildcats added another top-10 recruiting class in 2012, proof that elite players still view Tucson as a top destination. A new practice facility is just another asset the program can use to lure players to the program Lute Olson built. Sellout crowds are the norm. The Wildcats haven't won the national championship since 1997, but they've managed to assemble squads that contend. Sean Miller makes more than $2 million per year, and he's earned it by re-assembling the program with talented recruiting classes. He's in a good spot.
The Wildcats trail only UCLA, who even the most ardent UA fans can admit has just a wee bit more history and tradition behind them. Still, that Arizona is ranked second despite missing the tournament in two of the last three years goes to show that the job is still viewed as one of the best in the conference and country as well.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the news wasn't so good for the Sun Devils.
9. Arizona State: Well, right now, this is one of the worst jobs in the country. Instability has plagued the program since its last NCAA tourney bid in 2009. Multiple players, including former standout Trent Lockett, have decided to transfer. Herb Sendek is on the hot seat after accruing 22 wins in the past two seasons. That's only hindered any hopes of catching up with in-state rival Arizona, a program back on the rise. It's definitely one of the league's worst jobs right now.
Herb Sendek's star has certainly fallen, though there is hope that an experienced group of players plus the addition of Jahii Carson will lead a rebound in Tempe. If all goes well, optimism will return and the job, which should be one of the best in the conference, could inch closer to that status.
If not, though, there may be an unattractive job opening.
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