Posted by ButterBall Devil on March 20, 15 at 19:15:37:
In Reply to: Re: Herb is not a promoter posted by So So on March 20, 15 at 13:11:06:
: I hope we would not make that mistake again but strange things happen when you are desperate. We badly wanted a winner (like now) and Frieds had that great record at Mich. He was not under any investigation and he was personable so he was great in an interview. Clean record, great recruiting, lots of wins, very outgoing personality.....what's not to like? I would think we would hire someone like that again since he had no blackmarks prior to coming to ASU as I recall. Just saying we have to be careful who we pick. I don't think he ever brought the wins we expected or the crowds the AD expected so he reverted to some questionable recruiting which came back in our face. Sometimes a guy who looks good can end up in a situation where he does something bad.
Hedake Smith was the problem. Good kid, from a solid family - iirc, his father was a minister. Frieder did not know, nor condone, the point shaving. But he was dismissed.
He hired solid assistant coaches - like Steve Fisher - and delegated authority.
I single out Smith for where ASU bball is today. I liked Frieder.
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