TEMPE, Ariz. -- This spring, Arizona State coach Todd Graham has been more hands off in defensive coaching duties, taking on a greater role in special teams and getting more involved in other facets.
The change has not meant a break from Graham's fiery coaching style for ASU's defensive players, as new defensive coordinator Keith Patterson has provided just as much intensity, if not more.
"It's awesome to have him because they don't get any reprieve from me stepping back," Graham joked.
In Patterson, Graham has reconnected with much more than a capable motivator, though.
"We started off in this business together," Graham said. "We've basically spent most of our career together in some form or fashion, so having him is a great comfort to me because you can see that he can take a lot of the load off of me there."
If Graham had gotten his way back in December 2011, Patterson would have been a Sun Devil within a few days of Graham's introduction in Tempe. But Patterson stayed at Pittsbu...