Ex-Arizona State coach Todd Graham hired by Hawaii to lead football program

Two years removed from the last time he led a college football program, Todd Graham has been hired to take over at Hawaii following Nick Rolovich's departure for Washington State upon the conclusion of the 2019 season. Graham most recently coached Arizona State (2012-17) following his abrupt exit from Pittsburgh after a single season in 2011. 

Graham has compiled a 95-61 record in 12 years as a head coach. He impressed by going 36-17 at Tulsa from 2007-10 and 28-12 in his first three years at ASU, but the Sun Devils fell off sharply in his final three seasons, going 18-20 (12-15 Pac-12) with losses in two bowl games.

Widely known as one of the most innovative spread offense coaches in the country, Graham won't have to change much in a Rainbow Warriors offense that has established itself as one of the most wide-open attacks in the country. They've averaged more than 6 yards per play over the last two seasons, more than 400 yards per game over the last three seasons and have finished in the top 20 nationally in plays of 20 or more yards in 2018 and 2019.

Here's a more detailed look at Graham's record as a head coach throughout the stops he's made in his career:

YearTeamRecord

2006

Rice

7-6

2007

Tulsa

10-4

2008

Tulsa

11-3

2009

Tulsa

5-7

2010

Tulsa

10-3

2011

Pittsburgh

6-6

2012

Arizona State

8-5

2013

Arizona State

10-4

2014

Arizona State

10-3

2015

Arizona State

6-7

2016

Arizona State

5-7

2017

Arizona State

7-6

Graham has developed a remarkable coaching tree that includes Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, former Arkansas and SMU coach Chad Morris, Florida State coach Mike Norvell, Troy coach Chip Lindsey, Louisiana coach Billy Napier, Nevada coach Jay Norvell and Texas State coach Jake Spavital. Despite substantial FBS coaching experience and success developing assistants for head coaching jobs, 

Graham has hasn't been able to latch on anywhere since his dismissal after the 2017 season, a slump that comes to an end as he gets set to step back into the saddle in leading the Hawaii football program beginning in 2020. 

College Football Writer

Barrett Sallee has been a member of the sports media in various aspects since 2001. He is currently a college football writer for CBS Sports, analyst for CBS Sports HQ and host for the SiriusXM college... Full Bio

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