Les Miles isn’t the only currently unaffiliated former head football coach on the radar of Jeff Long, athletic director at the University of Kansas.
According to a Monday report from CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd, “mutual interest” exists between former Arizona State coach Todd Graham and KU, as well.
Graham coached at Arizona State from 2012-17, going 46-32, with five bowl appearances. He was fired shortly after the team’s 2017 regular-season finale, a win over rival Arizona that brought the Sun Devils’ record to 7-5. ASU hired former NFL coach Herm Edwards shortly thereafter.
ASU experienced two losing seasons — a 6-7 mark in 2015 and 5-7 in 2016 — during Graham’s time in Tempe, Ariz.
Prior to his run with the Sun Devils, Graham, now 53, spent one season as head coach at Rice, four at Tulsa and one year at Pitt. His teams overall have gone 95-61 over the course of 12 years.
This isn’t the first time Graham’s name has been tied to KU. Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant mentioned the former ASU coach on his Hot Board of potential candidates this past week.
Monday marked the eighth official day of Long’s search for David Beaty’s replacement. KU’s AD said on the day he announced his decision to fire Beaty that, based on his evaluation of the program, “I think we need someone with head coaching experience.”
Graham told AZCentral.com this past August he had offers to work in 2017, but turned them down. But he didn’t plan on staying away from coaching.
"I believe I was born to run programs and to make a difference in kids’ lives, so I’m planning to do that," Graham said at the time. "That’s what I’m working on every day, spending time trying to be innovative, developing new things defensively and offensively."