AP report: ASU coach, AD receive extensions
Arizona State has agreed on contract extensions for football coach Todd Graham and athletic director Steve Patterson through 2018, a person familiar with the deals told The Associated Press.
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Arizona State has agreed on contract extensions for coach Todd Graham and athletic director Steve Patterson through 2018, a person familiar with the deals told The Associated Press.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the contracts have not yet been made public.
The deals still must be approved by the state Board of Regents later this month.
Graham’s salary will be increased from $2.05 million to $2.3 million on July 1. There will be annual increases until it reaches $2.6 million in 2016. There are smaller increases in 2017 and 2018. It also includes numerous performance bonuses. His contract had run through the end of the 2016 season.
Graham was hired by Arizona State in 2011 after one season at Pittsburgh and led the Sun Devils to eight wins and their first bowl victory since 2005. The Sun Devils are ranked No. 23 after opening this season 2-0.
Patterson replaced Lisa Love as athletic director last year.
Graham had been derided for leaving Pittsburgh so quickly with a history of not sticking around at jobs for very long.
Arizona State was his fourth head-coaching job, but he quickly won over Arizona State’s players, administration and fans with his high-octane style of play and enthusiasm.
Texas coach shrugs off boos
AUSTIN, Texas — These are tough times for Texas coach Mack Brown.
How tough? Brown got booed when he asked Longhorns fans to donate to charity.
That happened last Saturday when his team trailed Ole Miss in the first quarter of what ended in a second consecutive blowout loss. A prerecorded public-service announcement to promote charitable giving prompted fans to show their frustration with a coach who won a national title in 2005 but hasn’t been able to pull the program out of a three-year skid.
It wasn’t the entire stadium booing, but it was loud enough to be heard in a crowd of more than 101,000.
Brown shrugged off the boos.
“They don’t have to like me. I’m not very happy with me right now,” Brown said. And his message to the fans who booed: “Pull for the players ... Forget the coaches, come for the kids.”
Just a few years ago, most Texas fans loved Brown.
From 2001 to 2009, Texas won at least 10 games every year. From 2004 to 2009, the Longhorns went 69-9, winning the national title in 2005 and playing for another four years later. Brown was on a roll. Top recruits were pouring in and there was nothing to suggest the wheels were about to come off the juggernaut.
But a 5-7 crash in 2010, an overall record of 23-18 the past four seasons — including an 11-10 home mark over that span — have left fans howling and Brown defending his job status on a weekly basis.
• Texas junior quarterback David Ash practiced after missing last week’s game with head and shoulder injuries.
• Brigham Young linebacker Spencer Hadley from Connell was suspended indefinitely after a violation of team rules. The senior must sit out at least five games but has a chance to rejoin the team.
• Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman and athletic director Shawn Eichorst said in a joint statement they believe coach Bo Pelini was sincere in his apology for what he said about Cornhuskers fans in an audio leaked to the Deadspin.com sports website this week. There was no mention of any disciplinary action taken against Pelini.