Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Getting to know the candidates: Todd Graham

A new candidate has reportedly emerged in Auburn’s head-coaching search. Here’s a look at Tulsa head coach Todd Graham:

NAME: Todd Graham
POSITION: Head coach, Tulsa
IN THE NEWS: According to The Birmingham News, Graham interviewed with Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs on Tuesday.
BACKGROUND: Like many of the reported and confirmed interviewees, experience is not one of Graham’s strengths. He has only been a head coach for three years – two with Tulsa and one with Rice.
He has, however, compiled a 25-13 record that includes an 18-7 record at Tulsa. In his only year with Rice, Graham led the Owls to their first bowl appearance in 45 years.
Graham also led Tulsa to the Conference USA Championship Game both years and will guide the Golden Hurricane to its second bowl trip in as many years.
Before becoming a head coach, Graham served as an assistant coach at Tulsa under Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe.
Graham also worked as an assistant coach at West Virginia under Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez.
Graham was a high school coach from 1988-2000. He was NAIA All-America as a defensive back at East Central (Okla.) before becoming a coach.

– Luke Brietzke

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