Hawaii Names Todd Graham Its Next Head Coach
Warriors go with a coach with a lot of experience
Warriors team up with Graham.
The Hawaii football program has found its replacement for Nick Rolovich as the school hired Todd Graham to take over as the head coach. Graham has a plethora of experience with stops at Rice, Tulsa, Pittsburgh, and most recently at Arizona State.
Of the coaches rumored to be in the mix like Virginia offensive coordinator Robert Anae and BYU special teams coach Ed Lamb, Graham has by far the most head coaching experience at the FBS level.
He has a career record of 95-61 and at his most recent stop at Arizona State, he led them to five bowl games in six years and a 46-32 record.
Every stop he has had, Graham has succeeded. In his first stop at Rice he orchestrated a one-win team to seven wins in his only year with the Owls. That seven-win season was only the second winning record in nine years and the 2006 New Orleans Bowl appearance was the first for Rice since 1961.
He parlayed that job into going to Tulsa wherein three of the four seasons he had 10 wins and then he went to Pitt for one year with a 6-6 record before leaving for his most successful stop at Arizona State. Despite having the third-most wins ever in Tempe.
The one big question about Graham is his willingness to stay and thrive at a G5 school. He has said multiple times and at multiple jobs that the current position was his “dream job.” Maybe he is fine after his stint at Arizona State and can be a bit picky if he does ever have the success to warrant a look at another job down the road. This is just one thing that can be concerning about Graham taking over the Hawaii job.
The next question is if he will keep a similar pass-heavy offense which is the reason that Hawaii has been successful over the past two years. It would make the most sense to keep in place some elements of this offense with Chevan Cordeiro returning as the starting quarterback.
Graham is going to be introduced on Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. HST.