Speak of the Devils

Speak of the Devils

Speak of the Devils is the premier podcast for Arizona State Sun Devil football. Hosted by Brad Denny & Joe Healey, get in-depth analysis of your Sun Devils, interviews with ASU players, coaches, and legends, plus features you won't find anywhere else.

Episodes

July 29, 2021

As we prepare to kick off the 2021 season, we begin with a big picture preview.

After a look at the news, we talk with ASU's recent 4-star running back commit Tevin White (15:42), who discusses why he chose the Devils and what impact the NCAA investigation had on his decision.

Then we dive into a team-by-team look at how the Pac-12 will shape up this fall, before we give our conference and national predictions. Plus, we go acro...

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Herm Edwards and Arizona State faced the press for the first time since the NCAA's investigation first began. Along with the recent placement of an assistant coach on administrative leave, conference realignment and more, we discuss the implications live from Pac-12 Media Day with Hod Rabino of DevilsDigest.com.

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There may not be a more decorated former Sun Devil—in any sport—than Mike Haynes. 

All-American. Pro Bowler. All-Pro. Super Bowl champion. College AND Pro Football Hall of Famer. His number is retired at Arizona State, and his high school named their stadium after him. He is, without question, one of the all-time greats of the all-time greats...but a career like his was never something he thought possible years ago.

On this episode...

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ASU football is under NCAA investigation...but the show must go on.

After a look at some recent news, we dive into the latest developments and get great insight into the situation from The Athletic's Doug Haller (11:25). Then we go in-depth on how the Sun Devils are continuing to recruit during the investigation with DevilsDigest.com's Hod Rabino (33:43).

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The positive momentum surrounding Arizona State football came to a screeching halt this week, as news broke that the program is under investigation by the NCAA for recruiting violations. We discuss the situation, the possible ramifications, and much more. 

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Games are won and lost in the trenches. After years of questions, the Sun Devil offensive line appears to be a team strength heading into 2021.

After the retirement of coach Dave Christensen, ASU head coach Herm Edwards found his replacement...twice. Ultimately, he brought in Mike Cavanaugh, a hard-nosed veteran with over three decades of collegiate coaching experience to oversee the ASU line.

On this episode, Cavanaugh and I discu...

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Bloomquist is back.

Just a few short days after making a coaching change, Arizona State has hired program legend Willie Bloomquist to take the reins of Sun Devil baseball. We break down the hire, what it means, the near-term expectations, and more.

Plus, we're joined by D1baseball.com managing editor Kendall Rogers to get his insight into the move and into the program's stature (40:14).

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Not long after the season ended with a disappointing loss in the regionals, Arizona State made a change in the dugout, as Tracy Smith will not return as head coach next season.

We discuss the fallout and what comes next, plus we get expert insight from DevilsDigest.com's Hod Rabino (38:52) & "The Voice of the Sun Devils" Tim Healey (58:58).

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Arizona State has had a long line of excellent defensive backs over the years, and David Fulcher is among the very best of the best.

Initially a wide receiver, Fulcher would go on to become a hard-hitting and ball-hawking two-time consensus All-American safety. He'd then go to the NFL, earning Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors. He's been an active presence in the community, and earlier this year, he was named a member of the Coll...

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Offseason? What offseason?

After a look at the latest ASU news with insight from Hod Rabino of DevilsDigest.com (24:05), we discuss George Kliavkoff's appointment and the legacy of Larry Scott with George Wrighster of the Pac-12 Apostles and UnafraidShow.com (1:13:40)

We then pitch our 10 ideas to fix college football. From rule changes to broadcasting and more, we get creative. We then wrap up with a great conversation with AS...

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With the year winding down, Arizona State Athletic Director Ray Anderson has his plate full. In addition to overseeing ASU athletics, the Pac-12 conference has a host of issues its trying to navigate, all while in the midst of a leadership transition. And nationally, a few key developments figure to alter the foundations of collegiate athletics.

On this episode, Anderson and I discuss the state of his key programs, how the pandemic...

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The 2021 Sun Devils have plenty of strengths, but one lingering question is how the young and talented receiving corps will come together. One of the key players in the group is looking to make his hometown fans proud.

Tempe native Ricky Pearsall has flashed exciting potential during his first two years as a Sun Devil. Entering Year 3, he is poised to carve out a larger role in the ASU passing game.

In this episode we discuss his d...

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When Antonio Pierce assumed the role as Arizona State's sole defensive coordinator, he left a vacancy at linebackers coach. The Sun Devils filled that spot with a former All-American and Butkus Award winner.

Chris Claiborne brings a substantial resume to Tempe. He's one of the greatest defenders in USC history, had a productive run in the NFL after being a top 10 draft pick, and was a successful high school coach before mak...

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With the first pick in the draft...

We roll out our first in a series of offseason specials in which we'll be holding fantasy drafts for specific game situations. We start off with "3rd and Short."

We're joined by Uniformity author Cole Streeper as we assemble our squads of all-time Sun Devil players that we trust the most to move the chains with the game on the line.

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We kick off with a look at the news before welcoming DevilsDigest.com publisher Hod Rabino (21:41) to get his thoughts on the recently concluded spring practices & the three big commits landed by Bobby Hurley.

Then we do a review of the major developments from spring ball, including those who raised their stock and the remaining questions. We wrap up with an interview with WR Geordon Porter (1:46:54).

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It's a busy spring for the Sun Devils.

After a look at the news, we break down the notable developments from spring football practice. Then we are joined by ASU basketball radio analyst Kyle Dodd to get his insight into the disappointing 2020-21 season (27:20).

Finally, we head to the diamond and discuss how the baseball team has won nine straight despite the rash of injuries. Can they keep it up?

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I caught up with ASU head coach Herm Edwards to discuss some crucial issues surrounding his program. We cover the lasting impact of the COVID year, the struggles of local recruiting, developing a staff and mentoring Antonio Pierce, whether 2021 is a make-or-break season, his legacy, and more.

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From the moment he pulled out a USC hat and flung it away during his commitment video, Aashari Crosswell made an impact on the Sun Devil program.

From earning reps as a freshman to his key INT in the rivalry win, Crosswell developed into one of the Pac-12's most promising safeties. However, last season was derailed though a suspension that was later followed by his decision to enter the NFL Draft. It brought to a disappointing ...

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Spring is in the air, and Sun Devil football is back.

After a look at the news, we break down the details and twists in the new 2021 schedule. Then we talk with former UofA legend turned ASU grad assistant Bobby Wade (52:36)

We round things out with a preview of spring practices, including the storylines to track and the battles to watch.

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Nothing really gets a crowd going quite like a huge hit. A blow that people in the stands and watching on TV can feel themselves. On the short list of great Sun Devil hitter are guys like Dale Robinson...Vontaze Burfict...and Evan Fields.

On this episode, Fields discusses why he came back for his final season, his desire to make a run at the roses, what it's like delivering a big hit, the next steps for the Sun Devil defense an...

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