By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Todd Graham has been fired by the Arizona State Sun Devils. Despite a 42-30 win over their rival, Arizona Wildcats, on Saturday, it was not enough to save Graham’s job.
Graham had an 8 am MST meeting with athletic director Ray Anderson. USA Today’s Dan Wolken reported on Saturday that Graham would not be retained either way.
Wolken also reported that the 44-37 to the UCLA Bruins on November 11th was the loss that cost him his job. Following Saturday’s game, Anderson gave the media a “no comment” after being asked about Graham’s job status.
One thing that Graham did was cement Pat Tillman’s legacy at the school. Prior to this season, Graham and the school put a statue on the walkway leading out to the field that the players could touch when they leave the tunnel.
Tillman already had a statue outside of their stadium. Also, there are many Tillman pictures in the stadium leading to the field.
The 52-year-old Texas native has been the Sun Devils coach for the past six seasons. A 7-5 record was not good enough to say his job.
Graham has been on shaky ground at Arizona State since last season when he guided his team to a 5-7 record. That was one of two losing seasons that he had at the school, which also included a 6-7 record in 2015.
Graham came to the Tempe, Arizona school after spending one season in 2011 with the Pittsburgh Panthers, where he went 6-6. While at Arizona State, Graham went 46-31.
Before Pittsburgh, he spent four seasons at the Tulsa Golden Hurricane head coach, where he went 36-17 overall. The coach also spent the 2006 season, as the Rice Owls head coach, where he went 7-6.
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