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ASU football: Graham keeping his focus on players

ASU football: Graham keeping his focus on players

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.

November 25, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Rejuvenated Sun Devils enjoying spotlight

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.

November 07, 2014 5:52 pm

ASU like down starting DL vs. Notre Dame

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.

November 05, 2014 5:48 pm

College football notes: ASU trending up in polls

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.

November 03, 2014 12:00 am

'Blue-collar' Sun Devils, Utes put defense first

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.

October 31, 2014 4:41 pm

ASU: Let's beat Cardinal at their own game

TEMPE — There’s a pattern here.

October 17, 2014 6:26 pm

ASU basketball: Sun Devils a mystery to everyone

TEMPE — For now, forget everything you know about Arizona State basketball.

October 02, 2014 6:01 pm

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TEMPE — Memo to both Pac-12 desert schools: Prepare yourselves. This week might be difficult.

October 01, 2014 5:33 pm

Aggressive Devils anxious to go after UCLA’s Hundley

The way Arizona State coach Todd Graham teaches defense suits his personality.

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Patience pays off for ASU QB Bercovici

Patience pays off for ASU QB Bercovici

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.

September 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Sun Devils may start three freshmen on defense

TEMPE — Arizona State’s young defense keeps getting younger.

September 04, 2014 11:00 pmLoading…

Graham: Devils had 'great focus' in blowout win

But Sun Devils coach says there's plenty to correct in Week 2. 

August 29, 2014 9:46 pm
Ground game key for ASU in opener

Ground game key for ASU in opener

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.

August 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Devils can’t afford to sleepwalk again

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.

March 19, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
ASU gets No. 10 seed, draws struggling Texas in first round

ASU gets No. 10 seed, draws struggling Texas in first round

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.

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Mr. Vegas: ASU's Carson will try to continue Sin City success

Mr. Vegas: ASU's Carson will try to continue Sin City success

LAS VEGAS — Luck? Perhaps not in this case.

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Pac-12 tournament primer: ASU's Carson likes playing in Vegas

Pac-12 tournament primer: ASU's Carson likes playing in Vegas

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:

March 11, 2014 5:00 pm
Sun Devils land two difference-making QBs on signing day

Sun Devils land two difference-making QBs on signing day

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.

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Pac-12: New lineup paying dividends for ASU

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.

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Sun Devils' Sendek hopes poor practice can lead to season-defining upset

Sun Devils' Sendek hopes poor practice can lead to season-defining upset

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.

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ASU's Marshall has seen it all, except UA game

ASU's Marshall has seen it all, except UA game

TEMPE — Over five years, there’s not much Jermaine Marshall hasn’t experienced in college basketball.

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Coach: Arizona State had 'heck of a season' despite Holiday Bowl loss

Coach: Arizona State had 'heck of a season' despite Holiday Bowl loss

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.

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Pac 12 title: Stanford bullies Sun Devils again

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.

December 07, 2013 7:20 pm

ASU a different team since earlier loss to Stanford

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.

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ASU defensive 'freak' Bradford looks to torment Cats

ASU defensive 'freak' Bradford looks to torment Cats

TEMPE — “Did you see him at UCLA?”

November 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Plummer, Neuheisel and Parker talk UA-ASU rivalry

Plummer, Neuheisel and Parker talk UA-ASU rivalry

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.

November 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sun Devils 'like our chances' to beat UCLA for Pac-12 South title

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…

November 22, 2013 4:30 pm

Improved defense has Sun Devils in reach of South title

The most encouraging sign for Arizona State entering Saturday’s showdown at UCLA: The Sun Devils’ recent defensive performance.

November 17, 2013 4:37 pm
ASU's Conway has taken winding road to Sun Devil Stadium

ASU's Conway has taken winding road to Sun Devil Stadium

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.

November 15, 2013 2:52 pm

Sun Devils offensive line stays healthy

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.

November 08, 2013 4:40 pm

Sun Devils rout host Washington State 55-21

ASU wide receiver Jaelen Strong runs between WSU safety Deone Bucannon and linebacker Cyrus Coen, right, during the first half.

October 31, 2013 10:59 pm

Sun Devils will try to stop road woes tonight

PULLMAN, Wash. — Does Arizona State struggle away from Sun Devil Stadium?

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ASU basketball: Sweet-shooting Gilling could be Devils' X-factor

ASU basketball: Sweet-shooting Gilling could be Devils' X-factor

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.

October 17, 2013 12:00 am

Defensive lineman Coleman get out of the doghouse, shines for ASU

At times last year, Todd Graham wondered about Davon Coleman’s future at Arizona State.

October 14, 2013 6:30 pm

Randall impressive in first ASU start

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.

October 07, 2013 7:32 pm

ASU falls short 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.

October 05, 2013 8:58 pm

Texas roots, 'tough as nails' mom fuel ASU coach Graham

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.

October 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sun Devils seeking to impress recruits in heart of Texas

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.

October 04, 2013 5:26 pm

Sun Devils facing must-win game — seriously — against USC

ASU back Marion Grice scored against Stanford last week but faces one of the top defenses against the run tonight.

September 27, 2013 5:08 pmLoading…
ASU heads to Stanford looking for an identity — and a program-changing upset

ASU heads to Stanford looking for an identity — and a program-changing upset

STANFORD, Calif. — In Todd Graham’s mind, it’s simple.

September 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sun Devils hoping to halt poor run in statement games

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.

September 13, 2013 4:10 pm
ASU preps for four-game gauntlet with easy win

ASU preps for four-game gauntlet with easy win

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.

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ASU hopes to start season by bedeviling Sacramento State

ASU hopes to start season by bedeviling Sacramento State

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.

September 05, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Arizona State: Sendek, ASU 'taken aback' by NIT field

Arizona State: Sendek, ASU 'taken aback' by NIT field

Hours before the National Invitation Tournament announced its 32-team field Sunday, the Arizona State men's basketball team huddled at practice.

March 18, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
USC 57, Arizona State 56: Carson sharp but Sun Devils' rally falls short in LA

USC 57, Arizona State 56: Carson sharp but Sun Devils' rally falls short in LA

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.

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Arizona State 69, Washington State 57: Sun Devils build big lead, then hold on

Arizona State 69, Washington State 57: Sun Devils build big lead, then hold on

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.

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Arizona State 78, UCLA 60: Devils out-muscle Bruins for biggest win

Arizona State 78, UCLA 60: Devils out-muscle Bruins for biggest win

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.

January 27, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

College Roundup: Felix helps Devils start 3-0 in Pac-12 play; Oregon next

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.

January 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Arizona State football: ASU has goal today of a rare double

Arizona State football: ASU has goal today of a rare double

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.

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ASU football: Win over Navy would cap successful first season under new coach Graham

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.

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