By Jordan Kaye, Cronkite News | ADI
Todd Graham was tasked with a difficult challenge when Arizona State hired him to coach football in 2012: Ignite a dormant donor base.
When he walked into the ASU football facility on his first day on the job, he found 14-year-old carpet and horse troughs for ice baths in a badly outdated building.
“I went, like, ‘Wow!’ I was shocked at how poor of a teaching facility we had,” Graham said. “We were behind just in video, just in teaching. Nutritionally, we were probably dead last (in the Pac-12). Budget-wise, dead last.
“People wondered why (the Sun Devils) weren’t winning. There was just no investment.”