West Virginia, Arizona State Head Coaches Talk Game Prep, Individual Evolution

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The backgrounds of Dana Holgorsen and Todd Graham are as divergent as possible. But both head coaches found commonality in how they prepare teams, and their approach to the Cactus Bowl.

In a wide-ranging press conference, the two compared and contrasted their philosophies and styles on everything from managing an overall program to their approach to hiring assistants and how much control to they prefer for themselves and to allow others. Graham delved into his high school coaching background and his roots in Oklahoma and Texas, while Holgorsen detailed how the Mountaineers prepared, and how he approaches bowl games and the effort to keep teams from peaking too early. Both also touched on their connections to West Virginia, as Graham was an assistant at WVU from 2001-02 before accepting the defensive coordinator position at Tulsa.


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