Letter to the editor: ASU football was in terrible shape before Coach Graham. He ran a clean program and led by example.
I am absolutely compelled to write this letter to express my deep remorse and frustration with Arizona State University terminating Todd Graham as football coach.
Since when have exemplary performance and loyalty no longer been essential attributes for a coach?
He provided a most difficult press conference Sunday, explaining failure to do so would be contradictory to what he teaches his players.
Graham has run a clean program, was loyal to the university and dedicated to his players.
He ran a clean program with dignity and class. He personally invested in his players, the university and led by example.
Unfortunately some people had the audacity to criticize that he was over-optimistic and oversold the quality of his teams. What is a good coach supposed to do, say that his team is lousy and sow the seeds of mediocrity and low expectations, within the team. A motivating coach will create a sense of enthusiasm and pride within the team culture.
My hat is off to coach Graham and his significant accomplishments, turning around a team and football program that was in terrible shape.
Thank you, coach Graham, for your selfless service and dedication. You deserve accolades, not termination.
— William Wade, Mesa
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