What is the Devils Den?
Welcome to the ASU Devils Den! The Devils Den started back in 2000 when a group of college students met in the front rows of ASU Athletics sporting events. We were those guys. The way too early guys who would be in the front row of the student section yelling, hollering, sweating off face paint, and leading cheers. The Devils Den supported all athletics: basketball front rows, baseball games right at the visitors on-deck circle, volleyball, soccer… We were always around supporting our Sun Devils.
However, football is our passion. It’s the heart and soul of “Devils Den” members, and the sport that brought us together and continues to bring us together even though we have graduated, gotten jobs, and moved to different parts of the United States. At first it was really long cell phone conversations between “Devils Den” members keeping in touch. Next, it was really long emails exchanged every week. Year-round the conversations typically revolved around everything Arizona State football.
Starting in 2011, Rob Malara and Don Hansen would share their Sun Devil-laden conversations over the course of 110 podcast episodes. Interviewing the likes of coaches, players, and media personalities both national and local, the show reached a level greater than anything either of the co-hosts could have imagined.
Finally coming to an end in June of 2015, Malara and Hansen, two hard-working, Sun Devil alumni would transition to senior staff roles as both writers and editors for the ASUDevilsDen.com. Positions they still currently hold.
Rob Malara is a 2002 Sun Devil grad having spent the majority of his time in Tempe as a football, basketball, and baseball season ticket holder and front row inhabitant. A member of the Football Writers Association of America, he hosted the ASU Devils podcast and was its sub-optimal technical producer through its lifespan. Currently the president of the ASU Alumni Association’s Northern Colorado Club, he is part of a family of maroon and gold residing in Fort Collins, Colorado with his Sun Devil wife and nearby Sun Devil sister.
Don Hansen is a 2003 graduate of Arizona State University where he spent four years sitting in the front rows of many ASU athletic events leading the rowdy student section. Don co-hosted the podcast covering every detail of ASU football. Don works and resides in Gilbert, Arizona with his gorgeous Sun Devil wife and two beautiful daughters.
We have… Sweated in line outside the stadium, waiting for the gates roll up, to sprint into the stadium and get front row seats… Strolled down Palm Walk in the spring with eyes wide open… Transitioned from Snyder to Koetter to Erickson to Graham… Graduated in Wells Fargo Arena… Tailgated in the parking lots as students and now as alums… Celebrated numerous huge wins as well as been crushed by a few heart-crushing losses through the years! We are Sun Devils through and through! We are not affiliated with any radio stations or TV stations. We don’t have to monitor what we say or how we say it. We are going to provide solid insight, honest opinions, and hard analysis on the Pac-12 and ASU’s football program each week. And we want you, our listeners and members of Sun Devil nation, to give us feedback and input along the way.
Other members on our team include
Amanda Blagg is a ’02 Arizona State graduate. When she began at ASU in 1998, so began her love of Sun Devil football. She and her husband, also an ASU alum, have had football season tickets since then and travel to at least one away game every season. Amanda recently moved to Toronto, Canada where she & her husband are raising two little Sun Devils. Her six year old son was born a Devil; he began singing the fight song before bed when he was two and now his three year old sister joins in song. Some of her son’s happiest moments have been on the field at the spring football games, last season when Coach Graham tweeted a photo of him and when he got to meet Coach Graham at the Utah game last season. Amanda’s Sun Devil family may be far from Tempe for the next few seasons, but their die hard Sun Devil passion is going strong internationally.
Kevin Camp is a ’96 Sun Devil grad of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Contrary to his last name, Kevin is not one to stay in one place too long. Kevin has called Washington, Arizona, Utah, and again Arizona home since his days at ASU nearly 20 years ago. A passion for photography in his spare time turned to a great opportunity to shoot Sun Devil sporting events. He has photographed Sun Devils football at Camp T, Tempe practices, Utah, and Colorado while shooting some basketball and baseball as the teams visited Utah. Now that Kevin resides in Flagstaff, he is looking forward to reigniting the family tradition of Camp T with his wife and son. Kevin is also the VP of the ASU Alumni Association Flagstaff club.
Gary Doran graduated from ASU many years ago. After careers working in banking, finance and the financial administration of academic research funding, he is now interested in utilizing his passion for numbers towards two things he thoroughly loves; Arizona State University and college football. He is looking forward to finding the “stories” buried within the numbers on a football stat sheet. He has gone to ASU football games all the way back to the days of Frank Kush and the WAC. He has been married to an amazing ASU graduate for almost forty years, and they currently live in Ventura, CA. Although this may disqualify him from talking football, he and his wife enjoy the practice of yoga and dancing the Argentine Tango. Ole!
Chris Jenkins is a long time Sun Devil fan who has had season tickets for 20+ years. He graduated from Arizona State University in 2004 with a degree in economics, and later returned to get his master’s degree in accounting, the field in which he currently works. His football passion is analysis of schemes and stats, and his football experience includes being the backup quarterback of his high school football team, and a moderately successful 1-year stint as the offensive coordinator of his little brother’s Pop Warner team. He currently resides in Goodyear, AZ with his wife and 4 children.
Mike Slifer has been a teacher and football/basketball coach at the high school level for 17 years. He brings a unique perspective to the analysis of the game. Mike’s experience as a position coach, coordinator and head coach provides him with unique insights. He is interested in writing for an audience that wants more details, technical explanations and “coach think” as part of the discussion of the sport.
Visit the ASU Devils Den website and send us an email, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook and give us a shout.
For more about us check out our interview with ASU Magazine that hit the press on-line back in November ’13.