Todd Graham
American football player and coach
Todd Graham
Todd Graham is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at Arizona State University, a position he assumed in December 2011. Graham previously served as the head football coach at Rice University (2006), the University of Tulsa (2007–2010), and the University of Pittsburgh (2011).
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Fox News' Chris Wallace Aims To Be Debate Timekeeper -- Not Fact-Checker
Huffington Post - 4 months
NEW YORK ― Chris Wallace has spent decades trying to puncture holes in politicians’ false or misleading claims. But a presidential debate, he insists, isn’t a Sunday morning interview.  “An interview ― it’s you and the candidate, and you’re the person holding them to account,” Wallace said over the weekend on “Fox News Sunday,” the public affairs show he’s hosted for 13 years. “This is a debate. And, you know, they’re both going to be on the stage. If I think there’s a need for me to intervene, I will, but I would prefer not to.” Wallace, moderator of the third and final presidential debate Wednesday night in Las Vegas, hasn’t ruled out real-time fact-checking. But his stated preference for not doing so has ignited a journalistic debate over the debate moderator’s role.  On Sept. 4, Wallace said he didn’t intend to “truth squad” the nominees. Several journalists and media watchers took issue with that position, arguing it’s vital for the moderator to call out blatant lies. A ...
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What should Trump's debate strategy be?
CNN - 5 months
Debate experts John Donvan and Todd Graham discuss Trump's threat to bring up Bill Clinton at the second debate and what strategy he needs to succeed.
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Arizona State's Todd Graham leads BCS bonus parade for football coaches
USA Today - about 3 years
For college coaches who can get incentive bonuses, some seasons are bad, some are good.
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Bruins Nation Q&A with ASU's House of Sparky
Bruins Nation - over 3 years
The good folks at House of Sparky, the excellent SB Nation site at Arizona State, were kind enough to answer some questions for us about the Sun Devils' program and the big game this weekend. Big thanks to Ben, Nick, Kerry, and Cody for taking the time, and swing by their great site to say hello and have a (respectful!) chat about the game. 1. Bruin fans have had mixed feeling about OC Noel Mazzone this year. Is ASU better off or worse off without Mazzone? Does that hold for the offense or for recruiting or both? Ben Haber: ASU actually upgraded at offensive coordinator once Noel Mazzone departed. Mike Norvell appears to be one of the best young offensive minds throughout college football. Let's remember, Norvell turned down an offer to become the Auburn offensive coordinator in the offseason. For recruiting, Mazzone clearly helps out more. Mazzone consistently helps out with NFL quarterbacks, like Tim Tebow. Mazzone may not be as good as Norvell at crafting an ...
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Kelly has 7 TDs, No. 25 Arizona St routs WSU 55-21
Yahoo News - over 3 years
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Arizona State has qualified for a bowl. Todd Graham has much bigger plans.
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Incompetent Pac-12 Refs (SPTRs): Leading the Nation in Penalties
Bruins Nation - over 3 years
Bumped. GO BRUINS. - BN Eds. First off, thanks to Fox71 and BillytheSid for getting the ball rolling on this topic. Great fanpost here from Billy, with contributions from uclanicks, that I thought would be neat to expand on and graph out. Using data from College Football Statistics, I calculated the number of penalties per play for each of the AQ conferences, as well as U.C.L.A., from 2005 through 2012. As you can see, the Pac-10/12 is clearly leading the nation in penalties, while the Big 10 is consistently among the least penalized. Not sure what changes the Big 12 refs made after 2009, but the result is enviable. Look at that 2012 spike from U.C.L.A.! Since it coincides with an improved record, it’s a little more palatable, but will surely bite us in the butt this year if it isn't cleaned up, especially with Stanford and Oregon looming. Notes: Figures include ONLY conference games (pre-conference and post-season have been excluded) Special teams plays ar ...
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Pac-12 Football, Led By Oregon And Stanford, Is Rising And Rising Fast
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The SEC has ruled the landscape of college football for seven years by producing seven straight national champions. And while the Alabamas, LSUs and Georgias of the world continue their impressive runs, it is the Pac-12 that may just be the best conference in college football today. The Oregon Ducks have led the charge for the Pac-12 football rebirth. (Getty Images) Over the past few years, while stalwarts Oregon and Stanford have dominated and USC has floundered, other proud programs like Washington, UCLA and Arizona State have lured in quality recruiting classes and head coaches. The Huskies feature Steve Sarkisian, the Bruins Jim Mora Jr., and the Sun Devils have the fiery Todd Graham. And don't forget Washington State, which has the unmistakable Air-Raid king, Mike Leach. On a national level, we romance the SEC because no other league has been able to match its pure talent and physicality for nearly a decade. Nick Saban is the poster child, but there are also other respe ...
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Person familiar with deals: Arizona St extends contracts of Graham, AD Patterson through 2018
Fox News - over 3 years
Arizona State has extended the contacts of football coach Todd Graham and athletics director Steve Patterson through 2018, a person familiar with the deals told The Associated Press.
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Arizona State rolls to victory in opener
LATimes - over 3 years
Sun Devils quarterback Taylor Kelly passes for 300 yards and ties a career high with five touchdown passes in a 55-0 victory over Sacramento State. Taylor Kelly threw for 300 yards and matched a career high with five touchdown passes before sitting out most of the second half, helping Arizona State open its second season under Coach Todd Graham with a 55-0 win over Sacramento State on Thursday night at Tempe, Ariz.
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Fiesta Bowl, Arizona Cardinals, ASU holding kickoff luncheons
The Business Journals - over 3 years
Football season is nearly upon us, and the Fiesta Bowl, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State University will soon hold kickoff luncheons to get fans, boosters and sponsors excited. ASU’s football kickoff luncheon is Friday at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. Head Coach Todd Graham and Sun Devil players and cheerleaders will be at the event. Tickets cost $60 per person or $600 for VIP table. Arizona State was 8-5 last year in Graham’s first year as head coach. The Cardinals lunch will be on Wednesday,…
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College football top 25 countdown: No. 17 Arizona State
LATimes - over 3 years
The Sun Devils have their sights set on a Pac-12 championship and a top-tier bowl game, but their schedule includes a four-game stretch against Wisconsin, Stanford, USC and Notre Dame. Todd Graham enters his second year in Tempe and the most exciting news is that he's still there.
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Navy and Arizona State clash in Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Fox News - about 4 years
In his first season as the head coach in Tempe, Todd Graham will lead his Arizona State Sun Devils into the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against the Navy Midshipmen at AT&T Park in San Francisco.Graham was one of a number of big-name hires in the Pac-12 this past off-season including Rich Rodriguez at Arizona and Jim Mora at UCLA
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Pittsburgh to meet Mississippi in Compass Bowl
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
Pittsburgh to meet Mississippi in Compass Bowl Pitt became bowl eligible for the fifth consecutive season with Saturday's 27-3 rout of South Florida, rebounding after losing its first two games to Youngstown State and Cincinnati. "While it is unusual to play in the same bowl three years in a row, we are excited to be facing a traditional program like Ole Miss," Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said. The Rebels are 8-1 in their last nine bowl games dating back to a 13-0 win over Air Force in the 1992 Liberty Bowl. The Panthers came to Birmingham the last two trips with interim coaches after Dave Wannstedt was released from his contract and Todd Graham left for Arizona State.
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Rodriguez, Graham looking to gain foothold in rivalry game between Arizona and Arizona State
Fox News - over 4 years
Arizona's Rich Rodriguez and Arizona State's Todd Graham have had successful debuts in the desert, overcoming some adversity to get their teams bowl eligible.
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No. 21 USC Rebounds
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
LOS ANGELES -- Marqise Lee caught 10 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown, Curtis McNeal rushed for 163 yards and two more scores, and No. 21 Southern California bounced back from consecutive losses with a 38-17 victory over skidding Arizona State on Saturday. Matt Barkley threw for 222 yards and three TDs while becoming the leading passer in conference history for the Trojans (7-3, 5-3 Pac-12), who overcame a slow start and five turnovers to snap their two-game skid. USC hasn't lost three straight since 2001, former coach Pete Carroll's first season. Taylor Kelly passed for 174 yards and Alden Darby returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown for the Sun Devils (5-5, 3-4), who lost their fourth straight. Arizona State managed just 250 total yards and scored all of their points off USC's turnovers, getting shut out in the final 27 minutes. Although Todd Graham has replaced Dennis Erickson on the sideline, Arizona State is in much the same late-season spir ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Todd Graham
  • 2013
    Age 48
    For his efforts in leading ASU to a Pac-12 South championship, Graham received the 2013 Pac-12 Coach of the Year Award.
    More Details Hide Details In 2014, ASU finished with yet another 10 win season by going 10-3 and ranking #12 in the final AP Poll and #14 in the final Coach's Poll. The season was capped off with Graham leading the Sun Devils to victory over Duke University in the Sun Bowl. Graham is represented by Neil Cornrich.
    In 2013, Graham continued to build positive momentum and led ASU to win the Pac-12 South after defeating UCLA and rival University of Arizona.
    More Details Hide Details ASU finished the season 10-4 and ranked #21 in the AP Poll and #20 in the Coach's Poll.
  • 2011
    Age 46
    Graham was announced as Arizona State University's head coach on December 14, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details In his first season at Arizona State, the Sun Devils went 8-5 securing their first winning season since 2007. With a win in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against the Navy Midshipmen, the 2012 Sun Devils won the final three games of the season for the first time since 1978. ESPN's Pac-12 Blog writer Ted Miller called Todd Graham's first season at Arizona State an "unquestioned success."
    He is currently the head football coach at Arizona State University, a position he assumed in December 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Graham previously served as the head football coach at Rice University (2006), the University of Tulsa (2007–2010), and the University of Pittsburgh (2011).
    Graham was announced as Pitt's head coach on January 10, 2011, and subsequently led the team to a disappointing 6–6 regular season later that fall.
    More Details Hide Details Less than one year from his hiring, on the evening of December 13, Graham informed Athletic Director Steve Pederson that he had discussed a head coaching opportunity at Arizona State. After being informed he did not have permission to talk to the school about the job and refusing conversations with Pederson and another administrator, Graham resigned and subsequently accepted the head coaching job at Arizona State. Graham informed the Pitt players of his departure the following day by having a text message forwarded to the team by director of football operations Blair Philbrick. Two weeks prior to leaving Pitt, Graham referred to assistant coaches who left to join the staff of Rich Rodriguez at Arizona as "nothing but mercenaries." In later interviews, Graham claimed those comments were taken out of context. He said he wasn't referring to the coaches who left Pittsburgh and that he was having a conversation with reporters generally about college football coaching and said, "A lot of times coaches jump around everywhere, they're like mercenaries."
  • 2010
    Age 45
    In his final season at Tulsa, the team reached a 10–3 record that included a 28–27 upset at Notre Dame and 62–35 win over #24-ranked Hawaii in the 2010 Hawaii Bowl.
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    With an annual salary of $1.1 million Graham was the second highest-paid coach in Conference USA, behind SMU's June Jones in 2010.
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  • 2007
    Age 42
    On November 24, 2007, when Tulsa played Rice at Rice Stadium, the Rice University Marching Owl Band presented a halftime show named "Todd Graham's Inferno" (based on Dante's "The Divine Comedy").
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    After serving three years as Tulsa defensive coordinator and one year as Rice head coach, Graham was introduced as Tulsa's 27th head football coach on January 12, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details For his offensive coordinators, Graham turned to his good friend Gus Malzahn, then offensive coordinator at the University of Arkansas, as well as then WVU tight ends coach Herb Hand. He also hired former Tulsa quarterback and Tulsa Union HS coach Bill Blankenship as wide receivers coach.
  • 2006
    Age 41
    Graham was hired as the head coach at Rice on January 1, 2006. This followed the resignation of long-time coach Ken Hatfield after the Owls had finished 1–10 in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details At Rice, athletic director Chris Del Conte helped Graham raise $5.5 million for renovating Rice Stadium and replacing the dated AstroTurf with FieldTurf. He hired former University of Texas quarterback Major Applewhite as his offensive coordinator, replacing the triple option offense Hatfield had been running with a more balanced attack. Behind quarterback Chase Clement and All-American receiver Jarett Dillard, Rice pulled off the biggest turnaround of the 2006 season, finishing 7–5 and earning an invitation to the New Orleans Bowl, the school's first bowl game since 1961. Graham was named Conference USA Coach of the Year, and was rewarded by the Rice administration with the offer of a significant pay raise and contract extension. After signing this extension, Graham left for Tulsa only a few days later. Graham received much criticism for this move.
  • 2003
    Age 38
    In 2003, he was hired by Steve Kragthorpe as the defensive coordinator at Tulsa, where he helped guide the Golden Hurricane to two bowl games in three seasons.
    More Details Hide Details Graham built one of the best defensive units in Conference USA and the nation before leaving the position following his third year at Tulsa for his first head coaching stint.
  • 2001
    Age 36
    He later held head coaching positions at Carl Albert High School in Midwest City, Oklahoma, and Allen High School in Allen, Texas before becoming linebackers coach under Rich Rodriguez at West Virginia University in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details The following season Graham was assigned to defensive co-coordinator.
  • 1988
    Age 23
    Graham began his coaching career in 1988 as an assistant at Poteet High School in his hometown of Mesquite.
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  • 1983
    Age 18
    Graham was an all-district defensive back at North Mesquite High School, from which he graduated in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details He then went on to play at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, where he was a two-time All-NAIA defensive back. After graduation from East Central, Graham had a brief stint with the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL.
  • 1964
    Born on December 5, 1964.
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