TEMPE — By now, most every sports fan in this state knows the history between Arizona State coach Todd Graham and Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez. Years ago, Graham worked as a defensive coach under Rodriguez at West Virginia.
TEMPE — Back when the defense gave up big plays and the starting quarterback walked on crutches, Arizona State coach Todd Graham and his staff made fun of the outside doubt circling the program.
TEMPE — Arizona State had to play last week against Utah without a starting defensive lineman, and it appears the Sun Devils will have to do so Saturday against Notre Dame.
TEMPE — Arizona State on Sunday climbed to No. 11 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 12 in the USA Today Amway Coaches Poll, which means the Sun Devils have matched or topped their performances in both polls from a year ago.
TEMPE — College football these days is all about the fireworks: the spread, the explosiveness and the shootouts. That’s what makes tonight’s matchup at Sun Devil Stadium more of a throwback — Arizona State versus Utah — two programs built on defense.
TEMPE — There’s a pattern here.
TEMPE — For now, forget everything you know about Arizona State basketball.
TEMPE — Memo to both Pac-12 desert schools: Prepare yourselves. This week might be difficult.
The way Arizona State coach Todd Graham teaches defense suits his personality.
TEMPE — Not long after losing the starting quarterback job in 2012, Mike Bercovici sat down and typed up a list: the pros and cons of leaving Arizona State.
TEMPE — Arizona State’s young defense keeps getting younger.
But Sun Devils coach says there's plenty to correct in Week 2.
TEMPE — On Arizona State coach Todd Graham’s wish list for Thursday’s opener against lower-division Weber State: He wants to see the Sun Devils run the football.
MILWAUKEE — Arizona State has a lot of issues to address before opening the NCAA tournament against Texas on Thursday, but perhaps the biggest involves what happens after the opening tip.
Arizona State is back in the NCAA tournament, just the second time in eight seasons under coach Herb Sendek. Now the Sun Devils have to rediscover their winning ways.
LAS VEGAS — Luck? Perhaps not in this case.
The Pac-12 Tournament tips off today at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Before the first game tips off at noon, here’s everything you need to know:
TEMPE — Arizona State entered this recruiting cycle with significant needs on defense, but the Sun Devils also needed a quarterback, something coach Todd Graham had not signed during his first two years on campus.
TEMPE — Making a lineup change is a delicate decision for coaches. There are matchups to consider, as well as psychological factors to weigh. Some players respond to getting benched, others pout.
TEMPE — Coach Herb Sendek walked out of an ASU practice this week, leaving his assistants to direct the Sun Devils. He eventually returned and sat in the balcony of the team’s practice facility, shouting instructions down below.
TEMPE — Over five years, there’s not much Jermaine Marshall hasn’t experienced in college basketball.
SAN DIEGO — On the last day of 2013, Arizona State returned home, a successful season soured by Monday night’s 37-23 Holiday Bowl loss to Texas Tech.
Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan, diving for a first down in the first half, kept the Sun Devils guessing and threw for 277 yards and a touchdown.
ASU running back Marion Grice is surrounded by Stanford defenders during their game Sept. 21. Stanford won 42-28, and it wasn’t that close.
TEMPE — “Did you see him at UCLA?”
Jake Plummer, Glenn Parker and Rick Neuheisel know the Arizona State-Arizona rivalry as well anyone. Once upon a time, Plummer and Parker lived it. Plummer, a quarterback, was at ASU from 1993 to 1996. Parker, an offensive lineman, played for UA in 1988 and 1989.
PASADENA, Calif. — Since August, when Arizona State opened practice in Tempe, coach Todd Graham has not failed to let a day pass without talking about a championship. He never has shied away from his goals, not after getting blown out in the first half at Stanford, not after losing a winnabl…
The most encouraging sign for Arizona State entering Saturday’s showdown at UCLA: The Sun Devils’ recent defensive performance.
On the plane ride back from Salt Lake City last week, coach Todd Graham watched the game film of Arizona State’s narrow victory over Utah. He saw senior defensive end Gannon Conway make plays on first and second down, then trot to the sideline on third when ASU switched to its nickel package.
ASU junior left guard Jamil Douglas is ready to protect quarterback Taylor Kelly after the snap. Douglas and the rest of the starting offensive line have been healthy all season.
ASU wide receiver Jaelen Strong runs between WSU safety Deone Bucannon and linebacker Cyrus Coen, right, during the first half.
PULLMAN, Wash. — Does Arizona State struggle away from Sun Devil Stadium?
TEMPE — After the first few weeks of Arizona State basketball practice, coach Herb Sendek noticed something. Whenever the Sun Devils split into groups, the side with forward Jonathan Gilling played better offensively.
At times last year, Todd Graham wondered about Davon Coleman’s future at Arizona State.
TEMPE — Todd Graham would love to say he expected Damarious Randall to shine in his first start, as the junior safety did Saturday against Notre Dame.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Coach Todd Graham always has been clear: Arizona State’s priority is to win the Pac-12 South. Saturday’s non-conference effort didn’t jeopardize that goal, but it was another example that the Sun Devils have a long way to go to reach Rose Bowl level.
MESQUITE, Texas — Carol Graham doesn’t know how her son does it. He never slows. When he comes home and takes her out to dinner, she tells herself not to talk too much because she knows he will finish quickly and want to get moving.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Todd Graham is up front. Winning the Pac-12 is the Sun Devils’ top priority. On this topic, the second-year Arizona State coach never has wavered.
ASU back Marion Grice scored against Stanford last week but faces one of the top defenses against the run tonight.
STANFORD, Calif. — In Todd Graham’s mind, it’s simple.
All-America defensive tackle Will Sutton (90) led the Sun Devils to a 55-0 win over Sacrmento State on Sept. 5. They’ll need to step up their game against No. 20 Wisconsin today.
TEMPE — Todd Graham didn’t come out and say it, but if you listened to the coach long enough this week you got a feel for his expectations of Thursday night’s opener against lower-division Sacramento State. He expected the Sun Devils to dominate.
Last year, in coach Todd Graham’s first season, Arizona State showed off an attacking, hybrid defense that harassed the quarterback on nearly every snap. The Sun Devils led the nation in tackles-for-loss per game and ranked second in sacks.
Hours before the National Invitation Tournament announced its 32-team field Sunday, the Arizona State men's basketball team huddled at practice.
LOS ANGELES - With the game on the line, Jahii Carson flashed down the court, the final seconds ticking, and pulled up from about 25 feet. The shot felt good.
TEMPE - Herb Sendek insists he does not pay attention to bracketologists or mock NCAA Tournament fields. The Arizona State coach simply focuses on the next game.
TEMPE - Gritty Arizona State won't go away. And as a result, perhaps it's time to view these Sun Devils as Pac-12 contenders.
CORVALLIS, Ore. - When it was over, Arizona State let loose a little. The Sun Devils teased Carrick Felix about getting dunked on. They laughed at Chris Colvin, who tried to bank a short jumper off the glass only to miss the backboard.
SAN FRANCISCO - There are more-prestigious bowls, better matchups with better payouts. But Arizona State has a rare opportunity against Navy in today's Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park.
SAN FRANCISCO — There are more-prestigious bowls, better matchups with better payouts. But Arizona State has a rare opportunity against Navy in today’s Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park.