Posted September 18, 2013

Todd Graham, Arizona State agree on extension to 2018

Arizona State Sun Devils, Pac-12, Todd Graham
Todd Graham is in his second season as Arizona State head coach. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Todd Graham is in his second season as Arizona State head coach. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Weird endings or not, Arizona State has seen enough to give Todd Graham more money and more years. Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic announced the Arizona Board of Regents is set to approve an extension until 2018 for the second-year Sun Devils coach.

From The Republic:

The decision will extend Graham’s contract through June 30, 2018. It will increase Graham’s salary from $2.05 million to $2.3 million effective July 1. Thereafter, Graham’s salary will increase to $2.4 million on Jan. 1, 2014 and $2.5 million on Jan. 1, 2015 and $2.6 million on Jan. 1, 2016.

On each Jan. 1 thereafter, Graham’s annual salary will increase by $50,000.

Heading into the Sun Devils’ game at Stanford in what is arguably the biggest game of the week in college football’s Week 4, ASU’s coach has the team ranked No. 23 with a 10-5 start in his first 15 games. There is a lot of talent on the offensive side of the ball, and the Sun Devils run an up-tempo style that strives to run as many plays as possible. (ASU ran 93 plays against Wisconsin.) Graham took some heat for his comments about “dream jobs” and leaving schools in his wake to climb the ladder, but Arizona State must trust the process and that the coach is at home in Tempe. Plus the school has a bit of built-in security in this contract, according to the Republic:

If Graham terminates the contract and takes another college or professional coaching position, ASU may collect an amount up to $1.5 million.

9 comments
dbid
dbid

Yeah, this won't end badly.....


gridiron19
gridiron19

I wonder if the extension covers the envelopes full of cash given to the PAC 12 refs?

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

Does anyone remember what he did to Pitt?   This guy is scum.  Hopefully he leaves ASU twisting in the wind and they learn their lesson... he hasn't even done anything yet and he gets an extension?  

Smacks of ND and Charlie Weis... don't these colleges learn from others mistakes?

mike63
mike63

WHY??? 10-5 really? GO HUSKIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OwenCaterwall3
OwenCaterwall3

After the way the referees failed to do their job in the Wisconsin game I wonder how much the Coach owes them?

shingen
shingen

Is this like how he wanted to stay at Pitt long term?

ScottZuelke
ScottZuelke

Why so soon to extend?  Can you say 'Texas Longhorns'?  Which, by the way, if UT wants Graham to replace Brown, $1.5M is chump change.

m bueker
m bueker

@OwenCaterwall3 I was wondering the same thing.  I wonder if this offer was riding on the outcome of that game.