It looks like one college football coach is aware that the end is near.
According to USA Today’s Dan Wolken, Arizona State head coach Todd Graham believes he will be fired following the conclusion of Arizona State’s game against Arizona on Saturday. Wolken also notes that Arizona State is already vetting replacement for Graham.
Graham is 45-31 in his six seasons at Arizona State, but the program has started to fall after a lofty start to his tenure. After a 28-12 record in his first three seasons with the school, the Sun Devils have been a mediocre 17-19 since.
Graham has been on the hot seat ever since the offseason, as Arizona State declined the yearly option they hold to extend Graham’s contract. With that in mind, it appears that this season immediately became an audition for Graham, and it doesn’t look like a middle-of-the-road record is going to be enough for Graham to stay as the head coach in Tempe.
Wolken notes that Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason may be targets for Arizona State.