Aug. 6, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz. - With the first four days of fall camp in the books, Arizona State football has officially begun the Todd Graham era. FOX Sports Arizona has put together a unique look at the first-year head coach with a seven-part web-only version of "In My Own Words - Todd Graham"
The seven webisodes, available only on FOXSportsArizona.com, will lead fans to the debut of the 30-minute television show that premieres on FOX Sports Arizona on Aug. 25 at 4:00 and 8:30 p.m. A vast majority of the content will be exclusive to the FOXSportsArizona.com shows while other material will only appear in the television version of the show.
This is the latest installment of FOX Sports Arizona's Emmy Award winning "In My Own Words" series and Graham walks FOXSportsArizona.com's Craig Morgan through the major moments of his life, step by step. Throughout the interviews, Graham is engaging, insightful, humorous, revealing, remorseful and always bigger than life.
The first two webisodes, which are available for viewing now, were released on Aug. 3, the day the Sun Devils began their fall football practices. The first video looks at coach Graham's childhood in Mesquite, Texas, which was marked by his dad abandoning the family and his football coaches filling the void. The second video focuses on coach Graham achieving his proudest playing moment at East Central University (Ada, Okla.), as well as some similarities he sees between himself and a current Sun Devil that will surprise you.
Here's the schedule for the remaining five online segments that can be seen only on FOXSportsArizona.com:
Aug. 6 - You won't believe how many times Graham and Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez have crossed paths, starting with the 1993 NAIA National Championship game and continuing through Todd's first Division I job and their current positions on rival sidelines.
Aug. 7 - Graham gets his first head coaching job at Rice, a single season overshadowed by the sudden death of freshman Dale Lloyd. Todd also responds to criticism for leaving Rice after a single year, giving an answer he insists he's never said on camera until now.
Aug. 8 - Graham leaves Pitt in a cloud of controversy after a single season, calling the 11-month stint "a mistake."
Aug. 9 - Graham details how he met his wife Penni, why he didn't want to get married again and the personalities of their six kids: Bo, Hank, Natalie, Haylee, Dakota and Michael Todd Jr.
Aug. 10 - Graham takes the reins in Tempe and starts speaking victory.
About FOX Sports Arizona:
FOX Sports Arizona televises the most regional sports action in the state and is the exclusive local cable television home of the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Coyotes, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals, Northern Arizona University and Phoenix Mercury. FOX Sports Arizona is currently seen in 2.5 million households in Arizona & New Mexico and can also be seen across the country via home satellite services.