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Despite Poor 2012 Showing By Sun Devils, Don't Expect Coaching Change

The eight-point first half by the Arizona State Sun Devils sort of epitomizes the type of season they have had. The managed only eight points in 20 minutes. You would almost hear the disgust in the air if the ASU basketball team had more of a following. They don't because they aren't relevant this year. In fact, many have started the thinking that perhaps Herb Sendek has done all he can for this team and should be relieved of his duties.

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The truth is that this season has been bad. But if you are hoping for a coaching change, you will be disappointed.

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Sendek is under contract through the 2016 season. He signed a two year extension in December.

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Additionally, his most important recruit for this season, Mesa High standout Jahii Carson, was not eligible because of academics for this season.Without Carson, the team has struggled with scoring points.

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What the Devils have suffered from this year is not bad coaching, but lack of talent overall. Carson was supposed to be that difference maker.

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Now the talent does fall upon Sendek's shoulders, but the school is clearly fine with the job he is doing.

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Let us not forget that recently Sendek's teams had done well. There were three straight 20-win seasons.

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Now, this teams looks oddly like the team that preceded the coming of James Harden. With the addition of a difference maker, the other players slipped into more of a supporting role and the level of play increased.

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Sendek is not the problem. In fact, after the eight point half, ASU came out and opened the next half with a 23-7 run. The team did not quit.

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Basketball aside, with a contract as long as his, there is no way he is going anywhere. The school trusts him and his vision. While it might not be fun now, we all need to sit back and see what it brings.

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