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Arizona State Gives Todd Graham Undeserved Credit For WVU's 2002 Turnaround

A new press release from Arizona State University about the start of its football team's preseason practices contains a boast about new head coach Todd Graham that's so undeserved that it almost could have been written by Mr. High Octane himself.

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Coach Graham arrived at Arizona State following a stint as Pittsburgh's head coach. During his coaching career, Graham has been a part of two of the NCAA's top single-season turnarounds in recent history. In 2003, Graham led a Tulsa team that was 1-11 the year prior to go 8-4 under his defensive leadership. In his second season at West Virginia, Graham improved the Mountaineers record from 3-8 to 9-4.

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See if you can spot the problem. And no, it's not that it calls Graham's time at Pitt a "stint." One lousy 6-7 season and then an abrupt disappearance is still a stint.

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No, it's the bit about WVU. It's true that Graham was on the WVU coaching staff in 2001 and 2002, when the Mountaineers went 3-8 and then 9-4. But Rich Rodriguez was the head coach then, and Graham was just a linebackers coach and then a co-defensive coordinator.

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Nice try, Sun Devils.

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Via Alan Robinson.

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