TEMPE - Arizona State Sun Devils football coach Todd Graham expects to be fired after Saturday's Territorial Cup game vs. the Arizona Wildcats, according to a report Saturday.
USA TODAY's Dan Wolken reported Saturday that Graham "believes he will be fired following the Sun Devils’ season-ending game against Arizona regardless of the outcome."
Wolken said ASU athletic director Ray Anderson has already explored options to replace Graham.
"Arizona State has done background work on candidates, and Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin is believed to be a high priority should he become available," Wolken wrote. "Anderson is also known to be intrigued by coaches with NFL ties, including Michigan passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton and Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason, a Phoenix native, is also someone Arizona State is expected to have some interest in should it decide to fire Graham."
Graham is nearing the end of his sixth season as ASU head coach. He has a career 45-31 record at the Sun Devils helm, including a 6-5 overall and 5-3 Pac-12 record this season heading into Saturday's game vs. Arizona.