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Report: Pitt interviewing Tulsa's Graham

Posted on: January 6, 2011 1:37 pm
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Posted by Tom Fornelli

Wednesday brought quite a flurry of rumors about Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley and the head coaching job at Pitt.  First he was the new head coach, then he wasn't.  Then he was texting his former players to let him know he was taking the job, and then he wasn't sending his players anything.  Here we are a day later, and Pitt still doesn't have a new head coach.

Will it end up being Bradley, we don't know.  What we do know, however, is that according to a report on Pantherlair.com, Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson wasn't even in Pittsburgh to be interviewing Bradley.  No, apparently he's in Atlanta to talk to Tulsa head coach Todd Graham.
According to sources, Pederson was in Atlanta meeting with Tulsa head coach Todd Graham.
Graham, 46, was interviewed in Pitt's first coaching search of the 2010-11 offseason, but multiple sources have confirmed that financial issues prevented him from moving further in the process. He is currently believed to be making more than $1 million annually at Tulsa. 
The report also says that Alabama assistant head coach Sal Sunseri has interviewed with Pitt as well this week.

Graham has been at Tulsa since 2007, and has gone 36-17 in those four seasons, and has had three seasons with at least 10 wins.  He has no experience coaching at Pitt, but he did spend a few years as an assistant at West Virginia.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:42 am
 

Report: Pitt interviewing Tulsa's Graham

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Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2011 5:08 pm
 

Report: Pitt interviewing Tulsa's Graham

:-)



Since: Apr 1, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2011 12:10 pm
 

Report: Pitt interviewing Tulsa's Graham

"although not the sexy pick"  What are you talking about?  95% of pitt fans want him and he is all around better known than graham or anyone else, except if gruden was mentioned. 




Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2011 11:54 am
 

Report: Pitt interviewing Tulsa's Graham

Todd Graham would be an excellent choice for the Pitt job.  With Pitt's returning talent, he would hit the ground running and quite likely would have instant success.  The downside of of Graham is that I think he would be looking at Pitt as a stepping stone to his next job. If Pitt can live with that, great. If not Bradley, although not the sexy pick, would provide long term stability to the program.



Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2011 11:44 am
 

Report: Pitt interviewing Tulsa's Graham

You're kidding with that last part, right? Their records in the past 4-6 years is not even close. Going strictly by your statement of 4 years, Pitt has an average number of wins of 7.75, while PSU has 9.5.

2007 - Pitt: 5-7
2008 - Pitt: 9-4
2009 - Pitt: 10-3
2010 - Pitt: 7-5 (bowl came still to come)

2007 - PSU: 9-4
2008 - PSU: 11-2
2009 - PSU: 11-2
2010 - PSU: 7-6

And that does not include the earlier two years of Wanny's tenure where he went 6-6 and 5-6, in 2006 and 2005, respectively. (Years in which PSU went 9-4 and 11-1, further separating your HC opinion of Bradley and Wanny.) The difference in actual win numbers may be negligible (in your opinion). However, those small differences would have meant Big East Championships for Pitt, BCS bowls, and a lot more money.

That being said, there would be a huge difference in what Bradley could accomplish compared to that mustached never-was.



Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2011 11:22 am
 

Report: Pitt interviewing Tulsa's Graham

Actually, the colors where closer to that Blue and Gold back in the day, pre-1960s, Pitt went to Mustard Yellow and light blue in the 60s and then added the Script in the 70s. Pederson changed the colors and the logos as part of a marketing scheme. He lucked up because Walt Harris was succesful his first season as coach and lead Pitt to the Liberty Bowl with Johny Majors II players which was by the way a top 30 recruiting class in 1992.

Tulsa's coach has won 10 games each season and has a more wide open offense than Pitt is, so I am not sure why folks are coming down on him. Yes, it is conference USA, but at the same time Coaching does not change much regardless of the opposing teams personell.

Also, Bradley's teams from PSU (we all know that he is really the HC of PSU and not JoePa) have not done much better recordwise than Pitt with Wanny the last 4 years. So he get WPIAL players and still wins 8, 9, 10 games, then what? How would that be any different than what Wanny was?




Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2011 10:24 am
 

Report: Pitt interviewing Tulsa's Graham

I agree that Pederson should head out the door himself. He botched the Haywood hire and we cannot forget his botched hire of Bill Callahan at Nebraska (which cost him his job). I still find it perplexing that Pitt actually brought him back. They couldn't find anyone better? I still think it wad ridiculous when he tried to get everyone to call Pitt "Pittsburgh" and changed the Pitt colors to a much different share of blue and gold back in the 1990's. I don't understand who they just don't here Tom Bradley of PSU. He is a great recruiter and has string recruiting ties in western PA. He is a guy with great integrity and would also recruit great athletes that are also high character players. He would be good for the program.



Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2011 7:06 pm
 

Report: Pitt interviewing Tulsa's Graham

mel63:
It is actually MARK MANGINO, and you must be the first ever to bring up the obvious with him and FRIEDGEN.  One thing you have missed is that both of those coaches got their teams to BCS bowls, and one of those, MANGINO, got a victory.



Since: Apr 1, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2011 6:40 pm
 

Report: Pitt interviewing Tulsa's Graham

"Sal Sunseri is the man for the coaching job.  He is a great recruiter and excellent coach.  He is also a PITT MAN.  Enough said." 

Mrs. Sunseri you are posting everywhere.  Are you going to post on the college basketball threads too?  

STOP INTERVIEWING!!!!!!!!!!!!  Hire bradley!!!



Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Tulsa's Graham turned down $2 mil. offer in Dec.

I blame TU's previous OC Gus Malzahn... I'm glad he went to Auburn and proved his offense works anywhere, but after his success Tulsa won't be able to keep a successful coach for more than a season!

Head Coach Todd Graham already turned down $2 million offer from Pitt (before they hired Heywood) and is in discussions with Pitt again!
1st-year OC (first year in college football ) Chad Morris is top candidate at Clemson and one of the top candidates at Oklahoma State!


If Tulsa can't keep a guy they just brought in from High School 8 months ago then either things aren't going to go well for TU or they'll be able to keep bringing in great offensive minds who want the oppurtunity to go from High School coach to Offensive Coordinator at a major BCS program in 1 year!

Auburn obviously has the same difficult task of keeping Malzahn who could get a head coaching job about as soon as he wants.


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