Lisa Love says ASU is ‘primed’ to take the next step

Nov 29, 2011, 1:29 AM | Updated: 1:37 am

The Arizona State Sun Devils have lost four in a row,
finishing the regular season with a 6-6 record. They’ve
reached double-digit wins just once since 1996, and is now
beginning a search for a new head football coach.

Despite all that, Vice President of Athletics Lisa Love
the school is in a great spot.

“Not only has there been sort of a shift relative to our
core talent base, but there’s also been a bit of a
shift,” she said.

Love says the participation in the “blackouts” the school
hosted against Missouri and Arizona show how much the
students and fans care.

“The reason it hurts so badly on this date in November is
because the cliff to fall from this year was so much
because of the content of the program and the content
Sun Devil Stadium and the level of interest,” she said.

That is why Love feels the possibility exists that ASU can
hire a coach who can take the school to the next level.

“It takes a lot to create the kind of inviting,
competitive energy around the university program that has
a very can-do, Rose Bowl capable attitude, and that’s
where I believe we are today,” she said. “I believe we can
hire a coach that can take us from where we are, with this
platform of student participation…we are primed to, I
believe, hire that coach that can take that next step.”

Who that coach will be and when they will be hired is
anyone’s guess, as Love would put
no timeline
on concluding the search.

When hired, that person will walk in with some lofty
expectations to take the ASU football program to a place
it’s really never been before.

Arizona State Football

Arizona State wide receiver Javen Jacobs during 2023 spring ball in Tempe, Arizona. (Sun Devil Athl...
Jake Anderson

ASU’s pass-catcher competition includes ‘deep wideout and tight end positions’

The Arizona State Sun Devils have a plethora of talent on the offensive side of the football when it comes to pass catchers.
3 days ago
Arizona State true freshman quarterback Jaden Rashada gives the "forks up" after a spring ball prac...
Jake Anderson

Arizona State’s QB battle heats up after 1st week of spring ball with Jaden Rashada

There are six on the roster, half of which are returners, while two are transfers and one is freshman five-star dual-threat QB Jaden Rashada.
6 days ago
Arizona State defensive back Chris Edmonds, celebrates his pass interception with linebacker Will S...
Jake Anderson

Communication is key for Arizona State’s new defense early on in spring ball

Communication is key in defense, especially in the modern era of college football where offenses are running quick-tempo, hurry-up offenses.
8 days ago
Arizona State University president Michael Crow interviews with Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona'...
Kevin Zimmerman

ASU, Arizona presidents: Not preparing to leave for Big 12

The presidents of Arizona State University and the University of Arizona went on the record reaffirming their commitment to the Pac-12.
9 days ago
Kenny Dillingham. (Twitter Photo/@ASUFootball)...
Jake Anderson

Kenny Dillingham instills ‘just compete’ philosophy on Day 1 of ASU spring ball

The first day of spring ball for ASU with new head coach Kenny Dillingham had a vastly different vibe than previous regimes.
10 days ago
Quarterback Trenton Bourguet #16 of the Arizona State Sun Devils throws a pass during the second ha...
Kellan Olson

ASU QB Trenton Bourguet far more healthy in 2023 after 2-year foot issues

ASU's spring starter at quarterback will be able to utilize his skill set in a way he hasn't been physically able to since training camp of 2021.
11 days ago
Lisa Love says ASU is ‘primed’ to take the next step