The Sun Devils (7-5, 6-2 Pac-12) beat rival Arizona on Saturday to finish second in the Pac-12 South behind Southern California, but the program is not on the trajectory athletic director Ray Anderson wanted.
Arizona State football will reportedly have a new head coach, as news breaks on Sunday that Todd Graham has been let go, following his sixth season with the Sun Devils. "There's nothing like winning that thing". But the Sun Devils were 5-7 in 2016 and 6-7 in 2015. "Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason, a Phoenix native, is also someone Arizona State is expected to have some interest in should it decide to fire Graham". "In evaluating Todd's body of work over a four-year period, it became clear that a change is necessary".
The Sun Devils want to get back to competing for conference titles on a regular basis, something that hasn't been done since the 1970s. This is especially true when looking at Graham's first three seasons in Tempe, during which his teams went a combined 28-12, with back-to-back 10-win seasons in 2013 and 2014.
Regardless of when the next coach is picked, Anderson's statement also noted that Graham and his staff will remain with the program through their bowl appearance.
Graham had three previous head coaching stops at Rice, Tulsa and Pittsburgh, and his overall record as a head coach stands at 94-60.
According to multiple sources, Anderson informed Graham in a meeting Sunday morning.
Graham, 52, has three seasons left on a contract that runs through the 2020 season and is owed $12 million.