Todd Graham named new Hawaii football coach

Ruben Hill
January 24, 2020

The school announced Tuesday night that it had hired former Arizona State coach Todd Graham as its next head coach.

Graham last coached the Arizona State Sun Devils from 2012-17 leading them to the PAC-12 Championship game in his second season at the helm.

Graham succeeds Nick Rolovich who left this month to lead Washington State University after four years of coaching his alma mater. This season, he guided UH (10-5) to its first Mountain West Conference West Division title.

Graham should do well at Hawaii, but the one concern Hawaii should have is about how long Graham might remain there. He earned two conference coach of the year awards with Rice (2006) and ASU (2013).

A graduate from North Mesquite in 1983, Graham went to become a coaching staple in Texas, serving as an assistant at Poteet before becoming the head coach at Allen for five years from 1995 to 2000.

He came to ASU after spending one season at Pitt.

Graham is a defensive coach who has embraced up-tempo offenses and seems to have a sharp eye for coaching talent.

His career record is 95-61 in 12 seasons, including a 5-4 record in bowl games.

That could help him at Hawaii, where the the Rainbow Warriors' best teams in the recent years have showcased high-scoring, pass-happy offenses like the Run-n-Shoot employed this past season by Rolovich.

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