Todd Graham fired as ASU football head coach after 6 seasons

Arizona State University's head football coach Todd Graham had been fired after six seasons of coaching the Sun Devils.

TEMPE, Ariz. - A statement released Sunday morning from Arizona State University Athletics Department confirmed Todd Graham has been fired as football head coach.

Reports surfaced Sunday morning saying Graham had been fired after six seasons of coaching the Sun Devils.

DevilsDigest and Sun Devil Source reported Graham met with Ray Anderson, ASU vice president of athletics, Sunday following the win against state rival University of Arizona, 42-30 the night before.

Graham first came on as head coach in 2011. His record with the Sun Devils was 46-31. The Sun Devils went to four bowl games while Graham was coach, with two wins in 2012 -- Graham's first season -- and 2014.

ASU fell to fourth in the PAC-12 South conference in the 2015 and 2016 seasons. This season, the Sun Devils stand second in the conference with a 6-3 record in conference games and 7-5 record overall. 

ASU released the following statement Sunday morning following the reports:

Todd Graham has been relieved of his duties as the head football coach of Arizona State University, announced Vice President of University Athletics Ray Anderson Sunday morning. Graham and his staff will remain with the program through their bowl appearance.
 
When evaluating our head coaches, we have been very clear in our four-prong approach: integrity, academics, performance and fan affinity advancement.
 
From the moment he arrived in Tempe, Todd helped change the culture and emphasized the student in student-athlete here at Arizona State, elevating the program to unprecedented heights in the classroom and strong citizenship across the board.
 
However, our athletic department, university and community expect our football program to compete on the field for Pac-12 titles, be competitively consistent and qualify to participate in major bowl games on a regular basis. In evaluating Todd's body of work over a four-year period, it became clear that a change is necessary.
 
We are committed to turning Sun Devil Football into an elite program and competing nationally on a consistent basis.
 
A national search will begin immediately and we will be deliberate in hiring a leader that fits our expectations as a program and a university.

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