June 18th, 2017 | by CollegeAD

While Ray Anderson realizes his honeymoon is over as Arizona State athletic director, he remains no less committed to putting in the work to ensure a long and ultimately happy marriage. With his third year as ASU vice president for athletics behind him, Anderson, 63, is faced with guiding the department back from one of the two worst years for major sports cumulatively since 1959.  Football, men’s basketball and baseball all had losing records for the first time since 1984-85, performances that contributed toa new athletic director as well as new football and men’s basketball coaches the following year.  Anderson will be back in 2017-18 as will coaches Todd Graham (football for his sixth season), Bobby Hurley (men’s basketball, third) and Tracy Smith (baseball, fourth). It’s a patience play somewhat unusual in today’s major college landscape, one that Anderson feels is justified and will pay off as soon as the coming school year. – Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral.comRead More

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