During his radio show Monday night, Todd Graham was asked how he teaches the Sun Devils to avoid penalties.
"We teach our players how the officials officiate the game." Graham explained.
"In other words, we teach them in each formation, 'What is the head linesman looking at?' We actually bring Pac-12 officials into our meeting rooms and the umpire goes over the offensive line: Here's what I'm looking at, here's what I'm looking for. Here are the no-nos."
"For instance, on kick-off returns. If you're blocking on kick-off return and the guy passes you and you chase him, that's what they're looking for. You touch that guy and it's going to be a penalty. So we try to educate and teach them the rules. Then, also perception is reality. When our players are out there, the only thing the umpire should hear them say is, 'Yes, sir.'"
We are aware of a number of the larger programs that do this; but interested to know how many other programs out there do something similar?