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  • Media members sat in the press room anxiously awaiting the arrival of the stars of Arizona State University's basketball team. Every last one of them nervous as to what questions they would ask.

    The cold January just got a little bit colder with a loss to the in-state rival, University of Arizona. The Sun Devils fought hard, but fell just short. How would they react?

    Seconds and minutes ticked off the clock, but the players never showed.

    Journalists slammed shut their laptops and cameramen pulled the plug on their cameras. It was over. Everyone was going home without that juicy quote or soundbite to add to their story. It was a frustrating day for those who covered ASU basketball.

    But, just as everyone was packing up to leave, they were startled by the booming voice of ASU's head coach.

    "Sorry for the delay everyone," he said. "I needed the time with my players."

    Cameras were swiftly turned back on and recorders thrown on the table. But, Coach never sat down. He just stood there at the front table.

    "I'll make this one quick," he said. "I am so proud of my guys. They battled and fell just short against a tough opponent."

    A huge smile came over his face.

    "We were beaten but not broken," he said. "We will get them next time."

    And with that, he was gone.

    A roar of laughter echoed in the press room. After what seemed like a lifetime of waiting, the media had finally gotten their quote. The day was over.

    The Sun Devils had lost the biggest game of the year. But, the season wasn't over. They would live to play another day.
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