- Andy Katz, ESPN Senior Writer
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1. Arizona State coach Herb Sendek could be on the verge of a coaching coup. He lost two assistants this month when Scott Pera left for Penn and Lamont Smith departed for rival Washington. Multiple sources said that Sendek has had serious conversations with L.A. D-Fenders head coach Eric Musselman. The Sun Devils, who finished 6-12 in the Pac-12 and 10-21 overall, get high-profile Jahii Carson back after he sat out last season. Musselman was a head coach with Golden State and Sacramento and an assistant with Minnesota, Orlando and Atlanta and also the head coach of the Venezuelan National Team. The Sun Devils need all the help they can get to climb in the Pac-12 and adding a teacher like Musselman will only help speed up the process.
2. Loyola (Md.) coach Jimmy Patsos said he credits MAAC commissioner Richard Ensor for making sure there was no movement to overturn the bylaws regarding the departure of Loyola to the Patriot League and the rules that allow the Greyhounds to still compete for championships this season. “He loves the league and wants to do what’s right,’’ said Patsos, who added he’d like to keep a home-and-home series with Manhattan when Loyola leaves for the Patriot in 2013. The addition of Loyola was warmly received by other coaches like Lehigh’s Brett Reed and American’s Jeff Jones, who added that Patsos will find the transition interesting. However, Navy coach Ed DeChellis said, “The NCAA bid continues to get harder to achieve." DeChellis advocated for moving the conference tournament to a neutral site instead of the home of the highest remaining seed.
3. A source said Wednesday that La Salle would have no interest in going back to the MAAC from the A-10, despite having much more success in the former league. The MAAC should focus on getting Quinnipiac or Monmouth as a replacement for Loyola. Both schools have poured money into athletic department facilities. Either one would be a good fit for the MAAC. The other option could be Albany, but I’m not sure Siena would be on board considering the two schools share the same city. Stony Brook would be a great get but the Seawolves seem poised to make a bigger jump at some point if they leave. The MAAC board of directors will meet Tuesday to discuss Loyola’s exit and likely realignment issues.