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Arizona State Defends Lengthy Coaching Search Via Statement

Now that the UCLA Bruins and Texas A&M Aggies have their guys, the Arizona St. Sun Devils boast the last major program without a head coach. The Penn St. Nittany Lions as well, but that's kind of a special circumstance, wouldn't you agree?

After many reports from all over that SMU Mustangs coach June Jones was inches from replacing Dennis Erickson only to be usurped by boosters, ASU saw fit to release the following Saturday night statement in defense of itself. Here it is:

ASU does not comment on searches for deans, faculty, administrators or coaches. When we hire a new football coach and a contract is signed, we will announce that selection and introduce the coach at a press conference and to groups of ASU alumni, staff and supporters. Rumors of all sorts - the vast majority of them completely unfounded - have been flying about. An extraordinary number of inaccurate news reports, usually attributed to unnamed sources, have been published. In some cases these sources have no knowledge of the situation and are making guesses; in others they may be deliberate misrepresentations by people who have or believe they have a stake in the negotiations. We caution all Sun Devil fans to read and listen to these reports with a healthy amount of skepticism and to rest assured that we are pursuing a broad, thorough and highly professional search for a new football coach.

Thorough -- yes, definitely.

For more on the Sun Devils, check out Arizona State blog House Of Sparky. Here's our 2011 Coaching Carousel Tracker.