Todd Graham: ASU’s next head football coach

Arizona State made it official, announcing Todd Graham as the next head football coach.

Graham, 47, was the head coach at Pittsburgh, hired in January of this year and leading the team to a 6-6 season.

Pittsburgh media is reporting Graham sent a text message to the Director of Football Operations to forward on to the players about his departure.

“I have resigned my position at Pitt in the best interest of my family to pursue the head coaching position at Arizona State,” Graham said. “Coaching there has always been a dream of ours and we have family there. The timing of the circumstances have prohibited from telling you this directly. I now am on my way to Tempe to continue those discussions. God Bless. Coach Graham.”

ASU posted an official release on their website. A press conference is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Graham had a previous head coaching stop at Rice in 2006 where he went 7-6 in his only year there. That stop was followed by four years at Tulsa, where he was 43-23 with three bowl wins.

Before heading to Tulsa he was a coach on Rich Rodriguez’s staff at West Virginia.

Graham replaces Dennis Erickson who was fired after losing the last four games of the season and finishing with a 6-6 record.

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