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Todd Graham leaving Pittsburgh for Arizona State

Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:45 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2011 11:23 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

Sometimes the coaching carousel spins slowly, and other times the college football world is blindsided by a surprise hire in the winter months. The news of Pittsburgh head coach Todd Graham departing to accept the vacant job at Arizona State came from the carousel's rapid spin cycle.

Graham's decision to leave Pittsburgh happened so quickly he did not take the time to tell his team in person, instead he sent them a text as he left for Tempe for Wednesday's announcement. After the Sun Devils' negotiations with SMU head coach June Jones reportedly broke down in the final moments, the school was happy to seal the deal quickly with Graham.

 "Criteria for our head coach was established, and the word that was at the forefront of discussions was `energy'... energy towards promoting our program in the community and with former players," Arizona State athletic director Lisa Love said in a statement. "Energy towards instilling discipline, leadership and in recruiting. Energy towards representing our brand in every facet of the program. In Todd, we have not only hired a young and sitting head coach, but one with a history of success on the field and in hiring top-notch assistant coaches."

Graham's arrival at Arizona State is their answer to recent Pac-12 additions like Mike Leach at Washington State and Rich Rodriguez at in-state rival Arizona. But as Graham promised to move the ball down the field in his first day as head coach, he used the same motto he relied on when introducing himself to Pittsburgh fans.

 "Obviously, our offense is going to be high octane, it's going to be quick-strike, explosive," said Graham, 49-29 in six years as head coach. "Our whole deal is about explosive plays. I like to see the ball thrown down the field."

That "high-octane" phrase was one Graham pounded so hard into the mind of Pittsburgh fans, he had it plastered on the newly redesigned website for "high-octane Pitt football." Needless to say, the Panthers' fans and administration are not pleased that Graham did not stick around to deliver on his high-octane promises.  Players from the current Pittsburgh roster were furious, and took to Twitter to vent their frustrations through social media.  The administration showed their disappointment in a more traditional manner with a press release.

 "Obviously this is not the way we would have expected Mr. Graham to handle any possible departure," Pitt executive vice chancellor and general counsel Jerry Cochran said. "Beyond normal expectations with respect to professional conduct, he has failed to comply with the terms of his contract."

The only "high-octane" aspect of Graham's offense this season was watching quarterback Tino Sunseri run for his life as the Panthers allowed an FBS-high 57 sacks during the regular season. Pittsburgh ranked in the bottom half of the Big East in passing and scoring offense. The one offensive highlight from the Panthers' first season under Graham was the explosion of running back Ray Graham, who averaged over 130 yards per game before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

The 6-6 Panthers will be coached by defensive coordinator Keith Patterson against SMU in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 7.  Click here to check out the latest on the Panthers and Mustangs at the BBVA Compass Bowl Pregame

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Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Todd Graham leaving Pittsburgh for Arizona State

Just like Albert Pujols.... and Graham will say its not about the moneylike Albert did...More of the opportunity.
Just like Albert he is a douche bag.....


IPCCGOREFRAUD
Since: Feb 17, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:09 pm
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Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Todd Graham leaving Pittsburgh for Arizona State

If Peterson doesn't hire Bradley this time he should be fired, His ties to PSU unfortunately are over.  



Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:03 pm
 

Todd Graham leaving Pittsburgh for Arizona State

very comical ... wait till he sees some real offenses (Kelly, Rich Rod and Leach) ... oh and that powerhouse USC.

Bradley - lock for job if he wants it.



Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:00 pm
 

Report: Todd Graham leaving Pitt for Arizona St.

ASU will have no chance with this guy as coach. all he does is scream and hell, but in his defense Sunseri is awful.  Probably an impluse hire with Leach and RichRod, and the fact Oregon plays fast.  I guess, but in no short time USC will be the class again of the Pac-12.




Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:00 pm
 

Todd Graham leaving Pittsburgh for Arizona State

1 year - really?  What is going on at Pitt? 


IPCCGOREFRAUD
Since: Feb 17, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:58 pm
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Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Report: Todd Graham leaving Pitt for Arizona St.

LOL, that is funny. 


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