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Scottie Graham, Jimmie Dougherty to join Arizona football coaching staff

Jimmie Dougherty with Jedd Fisch

Jedd Fisch is continuing to fill out his coaching staff as the Arizona Wildcats are set to hire Scottie Graham as their running backs coach, according to 247Sports.

They are also bringing UCLA wide receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty, according to, well, Fisch himself:

Graham, who has no college coaching experience, has worked at ASU as a senior associate athletic director since 2014. Before that he served as the Director of Player Engagement for the National Football League Players Association.

When hired by ASU, the school said Graham will “provide support in all areas of student athlete development and welfare. Additionally, he will work directly with designated sports to provide assistance with operations and program development.”

The 51-year-old New York native played running back at Ohio State and was a seventh-round pick in the 1992 NFL Draft. He would go on to play six seasons in the league with the New York Jets (1992), Minnesota Vikings (1993-1996) and Cincinnati Bengals (1997).

Dougherty, 42, has been at UCLA since 2017 when Fisch was the Bruins’ offensive coordinator. The two also worked together at Michigan in 2016, with Fisch handling the passing game and Dougherty serving as an offensive analyst.

A former quarterback at Missouri, Dougherty has been coaching in college since 2002 and has also worked at Illinois Wesleyan, San Diego, Washington and San Jose State.

Here’s some more info on him from our friends at Bruins Nation:

Dougherty had been with UCLA since 2017 and saw great success as the receiver position under his tutelage. He coached the likes of Theo Howard, Jordan Lasley to records as well as top marks on the UCLA single-season lists and helped Kyle Phillips explode onto the scene. He previously had spent time under Jim Harbaugh at Michigan where he was an analyst on the nation’s 12th-best scoring team in 2016.

It’s unclear when these hires will be made official, but here’s a look at what Arizona’s staff looks like with them in the fold:

  • Head coach: Jedd Fisch
  • Offensive coordinator/offensive line coach: Brennan Carroll
  • Defensive line coach: Ricky Hunley
  • Defensive backs coach: Chuck Cecil
  • Wide receivers coach: Jimmie Dougherty
  • Running backs coach: Scottie Graham