Arizona State sees resurgence under Todd Graham (Steve Greenburg, Sporting News, Feb. 28, 2013)
Graham finds success in first season at ASU (John Marshall, Associated Press, Jan. 15, 2013)
Wind Sprints (Matt Simpson, Alumni Magazine, Sept. 2012)
Todd Graham is Proud, Content with ASU Football (Dan Bickley, AZ Central, Dec. 19, 2012)
Coach Todd Graham builds momentum before football season's opening kickoff (Matt Simpson, ASU Magazine/Sept. 2012)
Todd Graham embracing his latest challenge at Arizona State (By John Klein, Tulsa World/July 15, 2012)
Graham, players sit down with students on multi-campus tour (By Josh Nacion, The State Press/Feb. 28, 2012)
Recruiting Report Card: Grading how new coaching hires fared (Ben Glicksman, SI.com/Feb. 7, 2012)
ASU football coach Todd Graham's roller coaster ride on Signing Day (Richard Obert, azcentral.com/Feb. 2, 2012)
ASU coach has three No. 1 priorities (Ted Miller, ESPN/Jan. 30, 2012)
Graham catching his breath after month at ASU (Fox Sports Arizona/Jan. 16, 2012)
Like it or not, discipline is coming to ASU football (The Arizona Republic/Jan. 5, 2012)
Coach Graham Press Conference Quotes in PDF Format (9 pages, easy to print)
Todd Graham on The Bertrand Berry Show (Dec. 19, 2011)
Former ASU Head Coach John Cooper on Hiring of Todd Graham
Channel 12 Interview With Todd Graham (Jan. 3, 2012)
Kevin Hunt 1-on-1 Interview with Todd Graham (Jan. 8, 2012)
Since his hire, ASU football coach Todd Graham hasn't stopped (May 19, 2012)
Graham working to rehabilitate ASU program -- and own image (June 7, 2012)
"This is a destination job." (May 1, 2012)
Coming off an outstanding inaugural campaign as Sun Devil head football coach, Todd Graham enters his second season looking to continue building on the brilliant transformation he led in 2012.
Among the accomplishments of last year’s Sun Devil football team:
• At 8-5, the Sun Devils posted their first winning regular season since going 10-2 in 2007.
• ASU ended the season with three straight wins for the first time since 1978 and just the 14th time in school history.
• ASU beat Arizona in dramatic fashion in Tucson to reclaim the Territorial Cup.
• The Sun Devils won a bowl game for the first time since 2005 and the 13th time in school history.
• ASU was one of just four Pac-12 teams to win at least three conference road games (3-2), doing so for just the fifth time in the program’s Pac-10/12 history.
• One year after finishing last (120th) in the FBS in penalties and penalty yards per game, Graham brought immediate discipline to the program as evidenced by the Sun Devils finishing the 2012 season tied for tenth in fewest penalties per game (4.23) and eighth in fewest penalty yards per game (34.92).
While known for leading programs that have annually been among the nation’s leaders in offensive production, Graham gained national acclaim for his coaching prowess on the other side of the ball after leading defenses that helped West Virginia (2002) and Tulsa (2003) engineer two of the top single-season turnarounds in recent memory. With head-turning accomplishments like those it is easy to see why Graham believes that defense wins championships.
Employing an approach that emphasizes excellent fundamentals and hard and disciplined play, the Sun Devils’ extraordinary improvement on defense played a paramount role in the team’s turnaround last season. After finishing at or near the bottom of the Pac-12 in several defensive categories in 2011, the Sun Devils experienced an amazing reversal last season as they led the conference in tackles for loss (No. 1 in the nation), pass defense (No. 3 in the nation), and pass efficiency defense (No. 10 in the nation) and finished second in the league in sacks (No. 2 in the nation), interceptions (No. 4 in the nation) and total defense.
The duo of defensive tackle Will Sutton (13 sacks – third in the nation/23.5 tackles for loss – second in the nation) and linebacker Carl Bradford (11.5 sacks – 17th in the nation/20.5 tackles for loss – 11th in the nation) combined to give ASU the most dynamic defensive tandem in the country as the two combined for 24.5 sacks and 44.0 tackles for loss. Their collective average of 1.92 sacks per game was the highest in the country by two players on the same team since the 2006 season. Sutton became ASU’s sixth winner of the Morris Trophy and the 18th consensus All-American and first since 2007. Sutton also became the fifth player to win the Pac-10/12 conference Defensive Player of the Year award.
In addition to distinguishing himself as an exceptional leader, Graham has also developed a reputation for identifying and hiring some of the nation’s top assistant coaches. The teaching and instruction done by Graham and his first Sun Devil staff were responsible for several exceptional achievements in 2012:
• The Sun Devils finished No. 14 in the country in scoring offense (38.3 ppg), scoring 40 or more points seven times.
• In his first season as the full-time starter, quarterback Taylor Kelly set the school single-season record for completion percentage (67.1). Kelly also finished tied for second in single-season school annals with 29 touchdown passes.
• Running back Marion Grice found the end zone 19 times, tying him for third on ASU’s all-time single-season touchdown while his 114 points tied him for fifth on ASU’s all-time single season scoring list.
• Tight end Chris Coyle set the school’s single-season record for receptions by a tight end with 57, one more than Zach Miller had in 2004.
• Punter Josh Hubner finished second in the nation in net punting, helping the Sun Devils finish No. 7 in the nation as a team.
Graham was named the 23rd head football coach in program history on December 14, 2011, arriving in Tempe from the University of Pittsburgh.
Right from his introductory press conference, Graham made it clear he was going to infuse the program with a culture that was about winning in all facets of a student-athlete’s life. Graham referred to it simply as, ‘The Sun Devil Way.’
“Our goal as a program is that we are going to first and foremost bring out the best in every single person's character that's involved in our program,” Graham said. “I'm not only interested in winning on Saturday... I want to win every day in every way. We will compete in the classroom as we compete on the field.
“On the field we're going to be passionate and disciplined. Discipline is the key to winning football games. We're going to be involved in the community. The greatest joy that I've had in my life is to learn to be a giver… I want our players to understand that family and character and bringing out the best and being a giver, that's what I call unique character, is giving every day.”
Graham became well-known on the national scene following a four-year stint at Tulsa (2007-2010) where he led the Golden Hurricane to a 36-17 mark, which included three bowl wins and three seasons of 10-plus wins. Tulsa was one of just 11 schools to post back-to-back 10-win seasons in 2007 and 2008.
The native of Mesquite, Texas, had seasons at Tulsa which included records of 10-4 (2007), 11-3 (2008) and 10-3 (2010) and in his final season the Golden Hurricane won games at Notre Dame and then topped No. 24 Hawaii 62-35 in its own bowl game. The Notre Dame win was dubbed the biggest upset of the 2010 college football season by ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit.
One distinguishing characteristic of Graham-coached teams has been their propensity for lighting up the scoreboard. On two occasions Tulsa led the nation in total offense (2007 at 543.9 yards per game and 2008 at 569.9 yards per game) and ranked fifth in 2010. His 2010 Tulsa team also led the nation in interceptions (24) and was third in turnovers gained (36). His 2007 squad not only led the nation in total offense at 543.9 yards per game, it set 29 school records, 15 conference marks and four NCAA records. Tulsa routed Bowling Green 63-7 in the GMAC Bowl, the largest bowl margin of victory in NCAA history.
His 2008 team again led the nation in total offense (569.9 yards per game) while ranking second in scoring (47.2 points per game), fifth in rushing (268 ypg) and ninth in passing (301.9 ypg). His team finished 11-3, capped by another large bowl win, a 45-13 victory over No. 22 Ball State in the GMAC Bowl.
Including ASU’s 62-28 win over Navy in the 2012 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Graham’s offense has enabled three different teams (two at Tulsa) to score 60-plus points in a bowl game, making him the only coach to accomplish the feat multiple times.
Prior to taking the head job at Tulsa, Graham led Rice to its first bowl game in 45 seasons in 2006 and earned Conference USA Coach of the Year honors that same season.
Graham began his coaching career in 1988 as an assistant at Poteet High School/Middle School in Mesquite (1988-90) and then helped lead East Central University from a .500 program to NAIA national champions in his third year as he served as defensive coordinator from 1991-93. One year later he was at Carl Albert High School in Midwest City, Okla., and then spent time from 1995-2000 at Allen High School in Allen, Texas. While at Allen, north of Dallas, he also served as athletic director and led a program that had no district wins in the year prior to his arrival to five playoff berths in six seasons (1995-2000).
Graham was hired as the linebackers coach at West Virginia in 2001 and one year later he was promoted to defensive co-coordinator as the Mountaineers went from 3-8 to 9-4, the top turnaround in the country in 2002.
In 2003 Steve Kragthorpe hired Graham as the defensive coordinator at Tulsa. For the second time in as many years, a Graham-led defense proved instrumental in helping a program post the nation’s best turnaround as the Golden Hurricane went from 1-11 in 2002 to 8-5 in 2003. Graham’s defenses would help lead Tulsa to a pair of bowl games before he moved on to take over the head job at Rice.
Graham was an all-state defensive back at North Mesquite High School and, after graduating in 1983, he played for East Central University in Ada, Okla., where he was a two-time NAIA All-American defensive back.
Born Dec. 5 1964, Graham earned his bachelor's and master’s degrees in education from East Central University. He and his wife, Penni, have six children: Bo, Natalie, Hank, Haylee, Dakota and Michael Todd Jr.
TODD GRAHAM BACKGROUND
Overall Head Coaching Record: 57-34 (7 seasons)
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