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ASU Basketball: Herb Sendek pens letter in first words since firing

Sendek didn't speak after his firing, but he has now written a letter to let his feelings be known

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Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Nobody had heard from former ASU basketball coach Herb Sendek since he was fired nine days ago after nine seasons leading the Sun Devils. There was no press conference except for Ray Anderson fielding a few questions about how the coaching search would start and move forward.

Thursday that all changed.

Doug Haller of AZ Central published a letter written by Sendek (no ghost writing from the SID here) to the Sun Devil faithful and the ASU community.

The letter can be read below:

"My family and I would like to thank Dr. (Michael) Crow, Ray Anderson, and the ASU community for allowing us to be Sun Devils. We enjoyed our time here and we are blessed to have made some special friends.

We stand together proud that our players have met the most critical standard we asked of them -- to be respectful young men, qualified to earn their way in the world. Along the way, our young men also managed to have some terrific accomplishments on the court, as well. These young men, and our assistant coaches, who helped me find and teach them, are like family to me.

Given all the conversation about recruiting, I would ask that you don't let your disappointment in me take away from or be a reflection on the talent of the young men that are currently on my team.

Given the progress we made with this relatively new group of players, they proved they are talented enough to win in the Pac-12. They also personify the personal character of the individual student-athlete that reflects so positively on the amazing trajectory Dr. Crow has this great institution traveling.

I wish ASU Basketball and your next head coach nothing but success going forward. It takes a community to win in sports today. Thank you to those who helped me build a community during my time here. It is my hope that you will continue your efforts to build the depth and breadth of that community support and help your next coach reach the expectations we all have for this program.

Thank you and Go Devils!

Herb Sendek