Michigan's Bill Frieder became Arizona State's fourth basketball coach in the last seven years Wednesday, accepting the job just 24 hours after Purdue's Gene Keady turned it down and two days before the 10th-ranked Wolverines play in the NCAA Tournament.
Keady reportedly was offered a contract worth $300,000 a year but decided Tuesday morning to stay at Purdue.Arizona State athletic director Charles Harris said Frieder will be signed to a four-year contract, subject to approval by the state Board or Regents. The deal reportedly is worth between $250,000 and $300,000 per season.
Frieder, 47, said Harris telephoned him Tuesday afternoon "and told me I had 20 minutes to decide if I wanted the job.
"I called him back and he already had a flight ready.