Arizona State’s Todd Graham named ‘last coach you’d ever want to play for’ in anonymous ESPN poll

Aug 7, 2013, 7:05 PM | Updated: 7:05 pm
Follow @AZSports...

Every year before pretty much every major sports season, ESPN the Magazine conducts an anonymous poll of the individual league’s players.

The questions vary quite a bit depending on the specific sport and what is going on in the world at the time, but suffice to say, there tend to be some pretty interesting results.

This year’s college football survey may be of particular interest to Sun Devil fans, as head coach Todd Graham topped the list for “last coach you’d ever want to play for.”

Ninety-two players were polled, with Graham earning 14 percent of the vote. The next highest total belonged to USC’s Lane Kiffin, who garnered 11 percent of the vote.

Now, in the grand scheme of things this probably does not mean too much. Graham’s reputation took a hit with how he left Pittsburgh, but his Sun Devil players seem to like him well enough. So, if he wins games, odds are people will look at him in a different light.

Arizona State Football

Arizona State head coach Kenny Dillingham addresses his team after a spring football practice in Te...
Jake Anderson

ASU has ‘worst practice by far’ of spring ball, OL Coleman out for 1st half of season

The Arizona State Sun Devils football team had its worst-ever practice in the Kenny Dillingham era on Tuesday.
4 days ago
Arizona State quarterback Jaden Rashada. (Instagram Photo/@jadenrashada)...
Arizona Sports

State of the Sun Devils podcast: Could QB Jaden Rashada start for ASU in 2023?

On the latest episode of State of the Sun Devils podcast, the guys broke down ASU's quarterback competition at 2023 spring ball practice.
7 days ago
Arizona State wide receiver Javen Jacobs during 2023 spring ball in Tempe, Arizona. (Sun Devil Athl...
Jake Anderson

ASU’s pass-catcher competition includes ‘deep wideout and tight end positions’

The Arizona State Sun Devils have a plethora of talent on the offensive side of the football when it comes to pass catchers.
11 days ago
Arizona State true freshman quarterback Jaden Rashada gives the "forks up" after a spring ball prac...
Jake Anderson

Arizona State’s QB battle heats up after 1st week of spring ball with Jaden Rashada

There are six on the roster, half of which are returners, while two are transfers and one is freshman five-star dual-threat QB Jaden Rashada.
14 days ago
Arizona State defensive back Chris Edmonds, celebrates his pass interception with linebacker Will S...
Jake Anderson

Communication is key for Arizona State’s new defense early on in spring ball

Communication is key in defense, especially in the modern era of college football where offenses are running quick-tempo, hurry-up offenses.
16 days ago
Arizona State University president Michael Crow interviews with Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona'...
Kevin Zimmerman

ASU, Arizona presidents: Not preparing to leave for Big 12

The presidents of Arizona State University and the University of Arizona went on the record reaffirming their commitment to the Pac-12.
17 days ago
Arizona State’s Todd Graham named ‘last coach you’d ever want to play for’ in anonymous ESPN poll