Sully Says: ASU's amazing turnaround
Over the weekend, I was reminded of my time calling Arkansas State football games on the radio. I was the voice of ASU football for six seasons.
ASU's record, while I was calling games, was 15-50. I remember just one road win while I was at the microphone, a victory over a bad Hawaii team.
There were some bad losses. How bad? I remember a game against Louisiana Tech where the Indians were trailing 42-7 at home, at the half. During my final ASU broadcast, on a Thanksgiving afternoon, at halftime, I was asked to relay the news that this would be Joe Hollis' last game as head coach.
I loved doing the games, but it wasn't very good football.
From 1989-2001, ASU was a failure factory when it came to football.
1989-1991 Al Kincaid 4-17-1
1992 Ray Perkins 2-9
1993-1996 John Bobo 13-30-1
1997-2001 Joe Hollis 13-43
Steve Roberts coached ASU from 2002 to 2010. Roberts should be credited with proving that you can win at ASU. His 2005 Indians won a Sun Belt Title. Roberts was fired in 2010 after back to back 4-8 seasons.
Let me recap. 21 seasons, one league title and one winning season.
What's happened over the last seven seasons is nothing short of amazing.
Hugh Freeze led ASU to a 10-2 season. Gus Malzahn recorded a 10-3 record. ASU's run of one-and-out coaches ended with Bryan Harsin going 7-5. Back to back to back Sun Belt titles.
There has been no drop off under Blake Anderson. This Saturday, A-State will be playing for its third straight league title. Anderson's conference record is spectacular, 26-5.
Athletics Director Terry Mohajir is responsible for the last two hires. Both accomplished offensive coordinators who have made A-State a fun team to watch.
Only longtime die-hard A-State supporters like my old college buddy Jeff Reed can truly appreciate this fantastic turnaround.
The football failure factory is now a consistent winner.