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Sun Devils fire Todd Graham

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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.

Todd Graham (Getty Images)

Todd Graham (Getty Images)

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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