Updated Mar 28, 2012 - 11:09 am
Lisa Love firing should come as no surprise
In her seven years as the Athletic Director, Love clearly failed to bring ASU the athletic success it has so desperately wanted or the funds it so desperately needed. When your best sports program is arguably the women's softball team, you have issues.
And ASU has issues.
Under her watch Love saw Arizona State put on two years probation for lack of institutional control, extended the contract of Dirk Koetter only to fire him 11 months later (costing the university some $2.8 million dollars), hired Dennis Erickson -- who failed to bring ASU football out of mediocrity, and apparently hired June Jones to be the new football coach only to have the negative backlash make ASU go in another direction. Love's watch also saw the ASU baseball program hit with seven major violations, and she extended Herb Sendek's contract this year in the midst of a miserable season (10-21, 6-12) which saw one player (Keala King) dismissed from the team and two others disciplined. After Trent Lockett transfers it will mark the 11th player to leave the Sun Devils basketball program with eligibility remaining since 2008.
You have to wonder now whether Sendek, extension or not, will survive with a new regime in place led by Steve Patterson, who has a strong basketball background.
All in all Love was a terrible hire by Michael Crow. She failed to win over the alumni base, failed to win over the fan base and was generally considered unapproachable.