ASU was always a rest stop on the way to Duke. The fact that he doesn't want to be here translates to his players and it shows in how they play.
ASU needs a coach who wants ASU and really doesn't aspire to anything more except too make ASU the best they can be. Basically think Mark Few. That guy has stayed in Spokane and built a beast of a program
I don't believe any basketball coach gets his dream job after a run at ASU. Other than Sendek, has any former ASU men's basketball Head Coach even found another job as a head coach after leaving Tempe?
Hurley has proven he is a top notch recruiter. His major issues seem to be as an in game coach. Something always seems to be missing there.
Given that, I'm not sure Duke sees him as the heir apparent everybody (even maybe Hurley himself) seems to think. Just as ASU may not be able to do any better than Hurley, Hurley might not be able to do any better than ASU.
I never said he would get the Duke job just that when he was hired this was, theoretically, a stopping point on his way to talking over for Coach K.
He seems to be decent at recruiting but there is a bit of a disconnect when they play.
Okay, I just think he needs to be realistic. ASU has not been a career stepping stone. Ned Wulk was a very successful coach but his postseason teams were a disappointment. Other than Sendek, every coach that followed him was fired and never hired again (Weinhauer, Patterson, Frieder, Newman and Evans). Herb had success at NC State and Miami of Ohio and had to take the Santa Clara job after failing at ASU. I expect Hurley's future to be similar if he can't start having some postseason success.
Ned Wulk was a good coach but a year or so after moving into the newly built arena, he was fired after a so-so season. Arizona State should have given him more of a chance in the new environment.
I think he was a very good coach but the team underperformed in the postseason and they were never able to draw the fans. When I first got my driver's license in 1970, it was my last minute date option of choice because we could always get good cheap seats all the way up till game time - no big budget and no advanced planning required which was perfect for a scatter-brained teenager.
A lot of it involves around when the new arena was built. It's hard to win in small facilities.
After Ned Wulk lost almost an NBA roster after the 1980-81 season, the Sun Devils going 13-14 the following season should not have been unexpected. Instead they fire him.
Arizona State thought they could do better but it never turned out that way.
True but I think you're underestimating the postseason disappointments. That was a loaded team (Fat Lever, Alton Lister, Sam Williams etc.) but we lost to Ohio State (Clark Kellog and Herb Williams) the first year and then to Kansas the next (Darnell Valentine with the hugest thighs I've ever seen on a basketball court - I saw him up close and personal in that game).
In 1980 we won our opening round game and then lost to underdog Ohio State and the next season we had a first round bye and lost to another underdog (Kansas) - and those losses were actually at home. Then, we replaced Wulk with Bob Weinhauer whose only real claim to fame was taking his Ivy League team to the NCAA tournament several years in a row.
I simply think Wulk should have been given more time to win in the new arena. The postseasons were nothing to talk about for sure.
Ned Wulk could recruit and his style of basketball attracted top players. Imagine getting Fat Lever out of Tucson.
It's not like Arizona State replaced him with better head coaches.
Wulk brought an exciting modern style of play to ASU similar to today's NBA.
No doubt, ASU went from being a stable environment for Head Coaches to almost a turnstile overnight. They never again matched Kush or Wulk.