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Arizona State interim athletic director Dr. James Rund met with the media in Tempe on Wednesday, just more than 24 hours after news broke that Steve Patterson was leaving for Texas.

As you'd expect, he was short and sharp and positive.

"We're going to stay the course -- full steam ahead," Rund said in a statement to the media in attendance at ASU's football practice Wednesday.

"We've got a great coaching staff, superb student athletes. All want to compete at the highest level. All want to win championships. We've got a terrific support staff behind them, a great administrative team, some new people who have brought terrific new talent and a stable of longstanding, hard-working ASU employees who know how to support a world-class athletic program."

Rund then reiterated his message.

"That's our goal, is to stay the course."

The administrator has never before held an athletics-related title, for either ASU or another university, but the school's president, Michael Crow, has stated his confidence in Rund, who has involvement with Sun Devil athletics.

Rund concluded his short media spot Wednesday by appealing to Sun Devils' fans to continue in their support of university athletics.

"For the fans: You've got to come out and support us. We've got the home opener(s) for men's and women's basketball this weekend and we need to see a full house and a full community supporting Arizona State University athletics."

Rund currently serves as the university's senior vice president for educational outreach and student services, holding degrees from ASU, North Dakota State University and Moorhead State University. He has previously held positions as the school's dean of student development and several others.

Jules Tompkins,

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