Maroon and Gold Musings

So many questions are surrounding ASU and its major sports today, but when and how will those queries be resolved? DevilsDigest pondered and came up with its own answers.

Question: Who will fill in the vacant Athletic Director spot?

Answer: ASU President Dr. Michael Crow will play it close to the vest when it comes to his search. However, we believe that there's a somewhat small chance that the eventual Athletic Director will be an in-house person or someone with strong ties to the university. Crow has been a dynamic and visionary leader ever since arriving at Tempe, and this hire could even be more of the unconventional variety.

Question: Can the Men's team pull off a miracle, win the Pac-10 tournament and earn an improbable ticket to the big dance?

Answer: As much as we like to be optimistic, this feat may be out of reach. This team hasn't fared well in the tournament in the last few years, and will have to contend with a handful of teams equally as talented, some maybe more, that will have the same goal in mind. We expect a valiant effort from the hoops squad, but that may not be enough in Los Angeles this week.

Question: How about the Lady Devils and their chances in the tournament?

Answer: Charli Turner-Thorne's team is definitely a defense first team. They effectively shut down opponents, but are also far from being juggernauts on the other end of the floor. They will have a monumental carrot dangling in front of them – make it to the Sweet 16 and play back home in the friendly confines of Wells Fargo Arena. With a favorable 5 or 6 seed the road to Tempe could prove to be less bumpy as expected. So when the Lady Devils leave town to play in the first round, "See you later." rather than "Goodbye" maybe the appropriate send off.

Question: Has Baseball shaken off its early season slump?

Answer: Beating LSU in Baton Rouge this weekend could definitely support that point of view and propel the team from its doldrums. Wining three games at the LeClair tournament in North Carolina this past weekend, is certainly something positive to build on. Even two losses to LSU this week wouldn't necessarily spell another swoon for the team. But losing series to Oklahoma and USC later this month may spell serious trouble for the rest of 2005.

Question: Is there any other team in America that will miss more key payers than ASU will in spring practice? How will that impact the team?

Answer: The injury bug has bit the maroon and gold quite hard. But if there was ever a time of year to be out of uniform for lengthy periods of time – this is it. The good news is that a plethora of young talented seldom used players, let alone redshirts, can strut their skills in a couple of weeks, build a name for themselves, and come sky-high with confidence into Camp T. The bad news is that spring practice will not portray a correct picture of ASU football. Nevertheless, spring practice will be an exercise is building depth in key positions such as running backs and wide receivers. We're excited to see who performs and who doesn't, and which youngster can keep his grip tight on his new found depth position once the season starts.

In case you're counting, we're less than six months away… J

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