While the way he landed there came under a lot of scrutiny, you can’t deny the success that Todd Graham has had as the head coach of the Arizona State Sun Devils. In just his second year at the helm in 2013, he led the the team to within one game of a coveted Rose Bowl berth, capturing the Pac-12 South title but losing to the Stanford Cardinal in the conference championship game.
On Wednesday, the coach was rewarded with a one-year contract extension through 2018 that will raise Graham’s salary from $300.000 to $2.7 million, according to a report from AZCentral.com.
Graham came to Tempe two years ago following one year as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers. His departure from Pitt was met with a lot of scrutiny as he just decided abruptly that he wanted to make the move out west and left the team via text message.
But still, it seems as if he has finally found the place that he likes to call home. In two seasons at the helm of the Sun Devils, Graham has compiled an 18-9 record and that aforementioned Pac-12 South title. They were also able to host the game itself, something that will no longer be possible in the future with the game moving to a neutral site.