Weird endings or not, Arizona State has seen enough to give Todd Graham more money and more years. Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic announced the Arizona Board of Regents is set to approve an extension until 2018 for the second-year Sun Devils coach.
The decision will extend Graham's contract through June 30, 2018. It will increase Graham's salary from $2.05 million to $2.3 million effective July 1. Thereafter, Graham's salary will increase to $2.4 million on Jan. 1, 2014 and $2.5 million on Jan. 1, 2015 and $2.6 million on Jan. 1, 2016.
On each Jan. 1 thereafter, Graham's annual salary will increase by $50,000.
Heading into the Sun Devils' game at Stanford in what is arguably the biggest game of the week in college football's Week 4, ASU's coach has the team ranked No. 23 with a 10-5 start in his first 15 games. There is a lot of talent on the offensive side of the ball, and the Sun Devils run an up-tempo style that strives to run as many plays as possible. (ASU ran 93 plays against Wisconsin.) Graham took some heat for his comments about "dream jobs" and leaving schools in his wake to climb the ladder, but Arizona State must trust the process and that the coach is at home in Tempe. Plus the school has a bit of built-in security in this contract, according to the Republic:
If Graham terminates the contract and takes another college or professional coaching position, ASU may collect an amount up to $1.5 million.