Most of the following appears on the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s breaking news.
With pep rally-themed festivities, the University of Hawaii introduced Todd Graham as its new head football coach.
Graham, 55, who most recently was head coach at Arizona State in 2017, vowed to maintain a productive offensive while promising to deliver an attacking defense. Graham also emphasized his players bringing the same tenacity to their school work.
UH officials announced Graham received a five-year contract, which will pay a base $760,000 this year and $800,000 a year thereafter. It is the same terms UH was prepared to offer Nick Rolovich, who resigned last week to become Washington State’s head coach.
Graham said he met with the UH players this morning. He said he plans to meet with the four UH assistant coaches who are on expiring one-year contracts.
Graham said he has not made any new hires.
“I’m not hiring all my buddies,” he said. “I’m going to hire guys that fit here. I’m a process guy. I’m not going to make emotional decisions and I’m going to take my time to make sure that we get it right.”
Graham said he and his wife plan to buy a house in Honolulu.
He also is expected to be involved in fundraising for the program. At his four previous head coaching jobs, he was instrumental improving programs, sometimes jump starting fund raising with his own money.
Graham comes in with a 95-61 record with 12 years of past stops at Rice, Tulsa, Pittsburgh and ASU.
Graham spoke afterward about several topics, including the expected UH starting quarterback for 2020, Chevan Cordeiro.
New #HawaiiFB head coach on returning quarterback Chevan Cordeiro:
“I like him a lot. He’s the first guy I called.” pic.twitter.com/51haZWHZj8
— Hawaii Warrior World (@hawaiiwworld) January 23, 2020