At an informal lunch with Phoenix-area sports media last
week, new Arizona State football coach Todd Graham talked
about the importance of dealing with the media.
He spoke of using the media as a free resource for his
program. He joked that he wouldn’t recruit players that
wouldn’t or couldn’t speak to the media.
Of course, as someone who follows the ASU football program
very closely, the first thought that popped in my head was
‘he’s taking a jab at Vontaze Burfict’.
Burfict, the most highly-rated recruit ever to don a Sun
Devil football uniform, famously avoided media
responsibility during his career despite being one of the
best and most scrutinized players on the roster. Burfict
did speak at ASU Media Day in his freshman season and
after a couple of fall practices. After that, nothing.