There's been talk of the SEC, there's been talk of Texas and now there's confirmation that Todd Graham is staying at Arizona State. According to Doug Haller and an azcentral.com report, the Sun Devils have locked up their head football coach through the 2018 season.
The Arizona State athletic department agreed to terms of a contract with Graham that will keep him at the university beyond his current contract which extends through 2016. Haller reports that the Arizona Board of Regents is expected to approve the new contract on Sept. 26th.
Under his current contract, Graham will make $2.05 million this season. The terms of the new contract provide for monetary increases that will pay Graham $2.6 million by Jan. 1, 2016. Graham's new contract is loaded with incentives, but there is also a clause that would allow Arizona State to receive up to $1.5 million if Graham jumps ship, according to Haller.
In 15 games as head coach, Graham has led the Sun Devils to a 10-5 record and a Territorial Cup victory in November. The Sun Devils are 2-0 this season with wins against Sacramento State and Wisconsin. Pac-12 conference play begins on Saturday with a matchup against the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal and Graham has made it clear that winning the conference championship is a goal of his.
Graham has developed a reputation for leaving schools after brief tenures. The Texas native left Rice after one season to move to Tulsa where he stayed for four seasons. After accepting a job at Pittsburgh for the 2011 season, Graham left the Panther program after one season to take the head coaching job at Arizona State. Graham has already put his mark on the Sun Devil program by emphasizing discipline, character and service and he will have ample time to continue to make this program his own.