Graham brings 4 assistants onboard

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- New Arizona State coach Todd Graham has added four assistant coaches to his staff.

The school announced Friday that Abilene Christian head coach Chris Thomsen, UTEP co-offensive coordinator Bob Connelly, Washington State co-defensive coordinator Chris Ball and Mike Norvell, a member of Graham's staffs at Tulsa and Pittsburgh, were joining the staff.

Graham, after one season at Pitt, was hired Wednesday to replace Dennis Erickson, who was fired after five seasons.

Thomsen took Abilene Christian to six straight playoff berths and was 51-21 in his seven seasons there.

Norvell spent five seasons with Graham, the last as co-offensive coordinator at Pitt. Ball also spent time at Pitt and Alabama, while Connelly also coached the Crimson Tide and at UCLA.