TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Todd Graham has spent nine months giving Arizona State a makeover, re-energizing the team and its fan base by changing everything from the style of football the Sun Devils play to the style of the football offices.
Now he finally gets a chance to lead them onto the field.
After nearly a year of hype, the Todd Graham Era officially begins in the desert Thursday night, when the Sun Devils play Northern Arizona in revamped Sun Devil Stadium.
Known for winning but also for jumping ship - four schools in seven years - he's spent his brief time in the desert trying to rebuild interest in the program while squelching concerns that Arizona State was his latest springboard.
His come-and-see-us campaign has worked, generating an excitement the Sun Devils haven't had in the Valley of Sun in quite a while.