There's no getting around it. It was a bad year for ASU's three biggest sports. But is it simply a rough stretch...or the start of a new trend? How worried should fans be?

To get answers, we dig deep in a special State of the Sun Devil Union episode. We go in-depth on Sun Devil football, men's basketball, and baseball with those closest to each program.

Football (4:40) - We are first joined by Arizona Sports' Vince Marotta to get his insightful takes on how Todd Graham can right the ship...and save his job. We then discuss why ASU has struggled in recent years, what they must do to return to winning football, and how confident fans should be in 2017.

Basketball (50:44) - Former ASU point guard and current radio analyst Kyle Dodd joins us to share his thoughts on the state of men's hoops. How close are the Devils to going dancing? Does Bobby Hurley have the program on the right track? What about all those transfers?

Baseball (1:25:16) - Perhaps no one has greater insight on ASU baseball than The Arizona Republic's Jeff Metcalfe, who has covered the team for years. He shares his expert insight on the worst season in program history, Tracy Smith's job security, and if a return to form is coming in 2018.

Paola Boivin (2:10:52) - Perhaps the most respected voice in Valley sports media, Paola has spent over 20 award-winning years covering local sports for The Arizona Republic. She provides excellent perspective on ASU's struggles, as well as why fans should feel optimistic about the future.

Fan Feedback (2:25:58) - It's been a tough year on the fans, so we gathered your feedback..and your hot take voicemails.

Direct download: Episode_164_-_State_of_the_Sun_Devil_Union.mp3
Category:Speak of the Devils -- posted at: 11:43am PDT

Spring is over, and things are just heating up for Sun Devil football.

Speak of the Devils is back, and we're joined in studio by ASU insiders Hod Rabino and Ralph Amsden of DevilsDigest.com for a roundtable discussion of the key issues surrounding the program heading into summer.

We kick off the show with a look at the newest Sun Devil roster additions before discussing ASU's recent NFL Draft performance...or lack thereof. How much of a concern is it, and how can it improve?

Next up is a chat with ASU safety—and new father—Marcus Ball, who tells us about how fatherhood is treating him, the up-and-comers in the secondary, and why this year's defense will be different.

Then it's time for summer school. We hand out our important assignments to each of the position groups, outlining exactly what we need to see from them over the summer to earn a winning grade.

Direct download: Episode_163_-_Sun_Devil_Summer_School.mp3
Category:Speak of the Devils -- posted at: 12:03am PDT

Spring is over, but Arizona State's quarterback battle is just heating up.

On the season finale of Hard Count, we take a comprehensive examination of where the Sun Devils' quarterback competition stands at the conclusion of spring practices. We'll get insight from QBs Manny Wilkins, Blake Barnett, Dillon Sterling-Cole, and Bryce Perkins, plus offensive coordinator Billy Napier and head coach Todd Graham.

Plus, a panel of ASU insiders and experts—Hod Rabino, Ralph Amsden, Fabian Ardaya, and Justin Toscano of DevilsDigest.com, and Kaelen Jones of HouseOfSparky.com—will share their detailed analysis of the quarterbacks. They'll cap off the episode by making their fearless predictions on who will be named the starter and take that first snap in the season opener.

Direct download: Hard_Count_Episode_11.mp3
Category:Speak of the Devils -- posted at: 1:19am PDT

He's been to college football's summit. Now, he's looking to do the same in Tempe.

Blake Barnett became one of the nation's elite recruits, and that pedigree took him to Alabama and got him a national championship. But a quick hook in his debut forced him to reevaluate his future...and landed him in the desert.

In the latest Hard Count, Barnett takes you on his journey, while those closest to him and the program go in-depth on why he came to Arizona State and what he'll bring to the Sun Devils.

Direct download: Hard_Count_Episode_10.mp3
Category:Speak of the Devils -- posted at: 10:51pm PDT

Deep from the heart of Texas comes a young gunslinger with his sights set on ASU's quarterback job.

Dillon Sterling-Cole came to Tempe armed with a cannon...and the expectation to sit and learn. But stunning developments thrust him into the line of fire sooner than anyone had imagined. He took some lumps and learned some lessons, and it all helped to prepare him for a promising future.

DSC takes us on his journey from a small east Texas town to the spotlight of Sun Devil Stadium, with several stops made—and obstacles overcome—along the way. His coaches and teammates also tell us what makes him special, and Sun Devil insiders will explain why he could be a future star for the maroon-and-gold.

Direct download: Hard_Count_Episode_9.mp3
Category:Speak of the Devils -- posted at: 11:28pm PDT

To be the best, steal from the best.

On the latest Hard Count, new Arizona State offensive coordinator Billy Napier discusses his path into coaching, learning from Nick Saban, how he developed his offensive and playcalling philosophy, and what ASU fans should expect from the Sun Devils in 2017.

We also talk to ASU head coach Todd Graham on why Napier was his pick, the Sun Devil quarterbacks discuss their new position coach, and an Alabama beat writer and a pair of Sun Devil insiders break down what Napier will bring to the desert.

Direct download: Hard_Count_Episode_8.mp3
Category:Speak of the Devils -- posted at: 9:37pm PDT

Another year, another fierce battle for the starting quarterback job for the Sun Devils.

Hard Count: The Devils' Decision returns to break down Arizona State's competition and give you unparalleled insight into the players, coaches, and key developments.

In the season two premiere, we take an in-depth review of ASU's 2016 season and how the roller coaster ride helped shaped the program and the current situation. We also take an honest look at how the battle is shaping up, and how the returning competitors have positioned themselves for the challenges that lay ahead.

Featuring interviews with Todd Graham, Ray Anderson, Chip Lindsey, Manny Wilkins, Brady White, Bryce Perkins, N'Keal Harry, and many more.

Direct download: Hard_Count_Episode_7.mp3
Category:Speak of the Devils -- posted at: 2:32am PDT

The Arizona "winter" is almost over, and the Sun Devils will soon open spring practices with many key questions to answer. 

After a quick look at the latest news, we are joined by DevilsDigest.com's Ralph Amsden (11:30) for his view of the Sun Devils heading into spring camp.

After a Sun Devil Stock Report (20:15), we talk to senior running back Kalen Ballage (26:13) about his look into leaving early for the NFL, the frustrations of 2016, and the hopes for 2017.

Then we dive into our in-depth breakdown of what to look for during spring (33:39), including the potential breakout players and the key position battles to watch. 

We cap the episode with a sit down interview with ASU Athletic Director Ray Anderson (2:09:26). He covers a number of topics including the assistant coaching carousel, the Sun Devil Stadium renovations, and why fans should be excited for the future.

Direct download: Episode_162_-_Spring_Ball_Preview_and_Ray_Anderson.mp3
Category:Speak of the Devils -- posted at: 11:18pm PDT

"At any time, I could have lost my life."

Jaxon Hood burst onto the scene as a heralded freshman All-American, and a hometown hero in the making. Less than two years later, he was gone.

Now sober, he opens up about his painful, costly, and nearly fatal battle with painkiller addiction. He also shares his life-saving revelation, and how he now hopes his struggles can help others battling the demon of addiction.

"My story isn't over..."

Direct download: Echoes_from_the_Buttes_-_Devil_vs_Demons.mp3
Category:Speak of the Devils -- posted at: 5:36pm PDT

The faxes are off and the Letters of Intent are in. Let's recap Signing Day on Speak of the Devils.

We kick off the show with a roundtable discussion with Hod Rabino and Ralph Amsden of DevilsDigest.com. They provide expert analysis into the wins, surprises, and next moves of ASU's 2017 class.

Next up, we talk with three important members of the class: Safety Evan Fields, tight end Mark Walton, and safety K.J. Jarrell.

Then it's the main event. We wrap up with our detailed player-by-player rundown of every Sun Devil who signed on the dotted line.

Direct download: Episode_161_-_National_Signing_Day_Review.mp3
Category:Speak of the Devils -- posted at: 11:57pm PDT



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