Just two more weeks...

As fall camp winds down, we are joined by Doug Haller of The Arizona Republic (7:58) to get his insight on what's going on with the Devils, including how the QB battle is shaping up, and what ASU fans can realistically expect in 2017. 

We then take a positional look at camp's top battles and who is impressing...and who's falling behind (28:45).

Then it's time to buy or sell, as we roll out a mid-camp edition of the Sun Devil Stock Report. (1:19:11)

We wrap up with something a little different, as we conduct our first "Ask Me Anything" segment (1:29:27), where we take listener questions on just about any ASU-related topic.

Direct download: Episode_169_-_ASU_Fall_Camp_Update_and_Sun_Devils_Mailbag.mp3
Category:Speak of the Devils -- posted at: 11:55pm PDT

The Sun Devils are back from Camp T, and Speak of the Devils is in the homestretch to the season.

We kick off the show with in-depth analysis on what transpired between the pines with DevilsDigest.com reporter Justin Toscano (4:15).

Then it's our look at the Pac-12 North (41:20) and who may be able to challenge Washington. Next up, we're joined by Fox Sports analyst Brady Quinn (1:03:01) for his takes on the Sun Devils and the conference race.

After we take a detailed look at how the Pac-12 South race may unfold (1:18:37), we talk to ASU defensive coordinator Phil Bennett (2:01:05) and freshman kicker Brandon Ruiz (2:06:40).

Brad and Joe then reveal their picks for the College Football Playoff and who will hoist the Heisman (2:10:52). 

We wrap up with a visit from one of our favorite guests: ESPN SportsCenter anchor & ASU alum Matt Barrie (2:26:37), who provides some strong takes on the state of the program and the 2017 outlook.

Direct download: Episode_168_-_Camp_T_Analysis_and_Pac-12_Preview.mp3
Category:Speak of the Devils -- posted at: 12:54am PDT

Fall camp is in full swing, and that means our annual Speak of the Devils Media Day spectacular.

We sit down for one-on-one conversations with the key Sun Devil players and coaches: CB Chase Lucas (2:29), QB Blake Barnett (8:10), LB Christian Sam (15:51), RB Kalen Ballage (22:51), offensive coordinator Billy Napier (26:09), WR John Humphrey (34:43), OG Sam Jones (41:51), Devilbacker Koron Crump (47:26), TE Jay Jay Wilson (53:09), and of course, head coach Todd Graham (58:36)

Direct download: Episode_167_-_ASU_Media_Day_with_Todd_Graham.mp3
Category:Speak of the Devils -- posted at: 12:33am PDT


As the Sun Devils open up fall camp, Speak of the Devils brings you your in-depth preview.

After a look at some recent news, we take a position-by-position look at how the Sun Devils stack up heading into camp (22:35).

We're then joined by DevilsDigest.com publisher Hod Rabino to get his insider take on what he's tracking during fall camp (1:13:17).

Following a Sun Devil Stock Report (1:50:22), we catch up with senior DB Marcus Ball to get his thoughts on the team's summer progress, how last year's failures provide motivation, and the impact of Phil Bennett (1:59:30).

Finally, Brad and Joe outline their top players to watch and top questions they want answered before the opener (2:09:00).

Direct download: Episode_166_-_ASU_Fall_Camp_Preview.mp3
Category:Speak of the Devils -- posted at: 12:12am PDT

Pioneer. Legend. Icon.

It is a fact that no one has ever had a greater impact on Sun Devil football than Frank Kush. On this episode of Speak of the Devils, a panel of all-time ASU greats pay tribute to the late head coach.

Danny White (11:59), J.D. Hill (29:09), Bob Breunig (48:15), Mike Haynes (1:11:13), Mark Malone (1:31:14), Jeff Van Raaphorst (1:51:21), and Juan Roque (2:02:59) join us to share their memories—from the intense to the funny to the surprisingly sweet—of the most heralded coach in Sun Devil football history. We also revisit a great story from Jake Plummer (2:17:01) on how Kush's legacy helped spur the biggest upset in school history.

We conclude by hearing from a number of fans who share their Coach Kush memories and what impact he made on their lives (2:24:52)

Direct download: Episode_165_-_Remembering_Frank_Kush.mp3
Category:Speak of the Devils -- posted at: 7:43pm PDT

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





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