Todd Graham: Get ready for 'Wild Thing' and 'Hell's Bells'
Posted by: Pete Roussel on May 21, 2012
Todd Graham said a couple of weeks ago, "I want our fans to know that WE are going to compete for their support. Let's go do something that's never been done. Sun Devil Stadium deserves to be a place where champions reside."
In Graham's first season at Arizona State, the Sun Devils' home schedule includes Northern Arizona, Illinois, Utah, Oregon, UCLA, and Washington State. While the PAC-12 will be featured on TV during a number of Thursday night games, all of the Sun Devils' home games are on Saturdays.
Graham wants the students involved. He wants a rowdy atmosphere.
Graham told StatePress.com, "Our kickoff team, we want to call them the 'Wild Bunch,' so it cranks up 'Wild Thing' and our students would know that's something we are going to do every time we kick the ball off."
"On third down a lot of places I've been they play 'Hell's Bells.' When our defense took the field, which is tough, physical and all that stuff, we would play 'We Will Rock You.' When our punt team goes on the field, we call them the 'sharks,' they will play the 'Jaws' theme, so trying to make it fun like that."
"Obviously we've also got the fork when we win, singing the fight song and celebrating with students. This is their football team is what I want them to know and I'm proud to be their head coach and honored to do that. I'm going to work hard to earn their support."
"The hardest thing to do in college football is win on the road so game day atmosphere is important and what drives that atmosphere? The students. That's what drives the whole energy in the stadium."
"I want to do things that no one else is doing. That's one of the great strengths we have. There are 70,000 students on four campuses or something like that. We've got powers in numbers. This has got to be a place that's difficult to play in. I know we had 10 or 11 thousand students at the game last year, I want that to double ... I know they have the student tailgate and stuff like that. Maybe the new stadium will have a student club level."
If you don't think a rowdy student section can create a home field advantage, check out Cincinnati's season-ticket promo video.
Here's Graham talking about his intentions at Arizona State.
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