Arizona State, Graham talking contract extension

TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State coach Todd Graham’s reputation as a job-hopping head coach might soon be due for a rewrite.

ASU and Graham are engaged in discussions about a contract extension that would keep the second-year head coach in Tempe beyond his current contract, which runs through the 2016 season.

“We are having positive discussions with Coach Graham,” ASU senior associate athletic director Rocky Harris said Friday. Harris could not provide any further information, and details of a possible extension are not yet known.
 
The discussions were first reported by The Arizona Republic and later confirmed by FOXSportsArizona.com.

According to Arizona Board of Regents documents, Graham is making $2.05 million per season. His salary increases by $50,000 each year of the contract, which also includes performance bonuses, such as the $50,000 he received for leading ASU to eight wins last season.

Graham endured much national criticism after taking the job at ASU, having left Pittsburgh after one season in less-than-ideal fashion. It was the second time he had left a job after one season, having previously left Rice to coach Tulsa.

In the face of continued scrutiny, Graham has said he wants to coach at ASU long term. In his first season at ASU, the Sun Devils had their first winning season since 2007 and finished with three consecutive wins — including one over rival Arizona — for the first time since 1978. The Sun Devils also won the school’s first bowl game since 2005, defeating Navy in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.