Todd Graham has spent nine months giving Arizona State a makeover, re-energizing the team and its fan base by changing everything from the style of football the Sun Devils play to the style of the football offices.
Now he finally gets a chance to lead them onto the field.
After nearly a year of hype, the Todd Graham Era officially begins in the desert Thursday night, when the Sun Devils play Northern Arizona in revamped Sun Devil Stadium.
''We talk about maximizing each opportunity,'' Graham said. ''What matters is that you get better every day and that you win.''
Graham has gotten the most out of his opportunity so far.
Known for winning but also for jumping ship - four schools in seven years - he's spent his brief time in the desert trying to rebuild interest in the program while squelching any concerns that Arizona State was his latest springboard to the next this-is-where-I-want-to-be job.
By almost all accounts, Graham has succeeded.
Stumping like a politician for a job ...