Graham hires defensive coordinator

January, 9, 2012
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Arizona State has hired Paul Randolph as "senior associate head coach." He's spent the past six seasons working under new Sun Devils head coach Todd Graham, most recently as associate head coach, co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Pittsburgh.

While the release doesn't specify what Randolph's specific coaching responsibility will be, it's likely that he will at least co-coordinate the Sun Devils defense.

If you are looking for a concern, Randolph has no West Coast experience -- living or coaching.

From the Arizona State press release:
Prior to his arrival at Pitt, Randolph spent four seasons at Tulsa, playing an instrumental role in the Golden Hurricane's emergence as a perennial bowl team. Tulsa won 36 games during that time, including three bowl victories. He helped mold a defense that led the country in interceptions in 2010 (24) and ranked third in turnovers forced (36).

In 2006, Randolph served under Graham as assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and linebacker coach at Rice. His efforts helped produce one of the most impressive revitalizations in recent college football history. The Owls earned their first bowl berth in 45 years after a 7-5 regular season that included victories in six of their final seven games.

Prior to Rice, Randolph was the defensive ends coach at Alabama (2003-05), where he helped the Crimson Tide boast one of the nation's toughest defenses. In 2005, Alabama led the country in scoring defense (10.7 points/game) while ranking second in total defense (255.1 yards/game), fifth in pass defense (160.8 yards/game) and ninth in rushing defense (94.3 yards/game).

Randolph also distinguished himself on the recruiting trail during his time in Tuscaloosa and was named one of the country's top 25 recruiters by Rivals.

He also spent time at West Virginia in 2002, coaching the defensive line. His other collegiate coaching stops include Toledo, Illinois State, Valdosta State and his alma mater, Tennessee-Martin.

An all-conference linebacker at Tennessee-Martin, Randolph went on to a decorated professional playing career in the Canadian Football League. He played eight seasons with Winnipeg (1988-95) and then served two years as a team captain and player-coach with the Montreal Alouettes (1996-97). Randolph helped Winnipeg to Grey Cup championships in 1988 and '90 before receiving induction into the Blue Bombers' Hall of Fame in 2002.

Randolph earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering technology from Tennessee-Martin in 1990.

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