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ASU president on Todd Graham: "It was not normal"

Posted on: January 12, 2012 2:07 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 2:10 pm
 
Posted by Bryan Fischer

INDIANAPOLIS -- To say the departure of head coach Todd Graham from Pittsburgh was messy might be understating things a little. Not only was it a surprising hire by Arizona State, but the reaction from Panthers players elevated to the point of vitriol.

Nearly a month after Graham was formally introduced in Tempe, Arizona State president Michael Crow, speaking on a panel at the NCAA convention, said that the reason there was such a fuss about him leaving was due in large part because of the Pitt administration.

"We made one offer and had one answer. It was a simple process," Crow said. "He caught a lot of flak because he was unable to talk to his team. We requested permission to speak to him and (Pitt) said no. For him to speak to us, he had to resign and then he could no longer speak to his players. We don't set those rules, we asked for an opportunity and didn't get it."

Graham is one of several new hires in the Pac-12 known primarily for fast-paced offense, which is interesting when you consider he was defensive coordinator at West Virginia and Tulsa. Still, outside of last season at Pitt, where the Panthers ranked 88th in the country in total offense and struggled with turnovers, Graham had the background that fit with exactly what Arizona State was looking for.

"What we set out to do was hire a head coach who had experience in playing football the way we wanted to - no huddle offense," Crow said. "We wanted the environment of a teach as opposed to the model of a professional coach. It's just a different model. We happen to think that in our environment, that's the model that we need. When we looked around the country, there were a few individuals on the list and Coach Graham was one of them."

The school was aware that Graham's father-in-law lives in Arizona and that he and his wife were already looking at houses in the Phoenix area before the ASU job even opened up. Because of a long interview process, Crow was one of several administrators who didn't seem to have a problem with the fact that their new head coach would have two "one-and-done" coaching stops on his resume and was firmly committed to building the program into a conference title contender.

"When you sit and spend hours with someone and talk to references about them, you get a better sense of the character of the person," he said. "You go from Tulsa to Rice and then back to Tulsa in one year, what's the reason? You talk to the people at Rice and you find out yes, there was a reason. You go to Pittsburgh and ask why you go to Pittsburgh, why don't you like Pittsburgh, what's going on? There's an explanation, coaches can have explanations like 'My family doesn't like it here, we'd really like to be somewhere else.'

"I'm not worried about that as an element of his character. His body of work as an assistant coach, as a high school coach, at Rice, why he moved from Rice back to Tulsa where he'd been an assistant (is good). The Pittsburgh thing I saw as an aberration. It was not his normal behavior."

We're guessing a few people in the Northeast disagree however.


Comments

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 4:15 pm
 

ASU president on Todd Graham: "It was not normal"

Graham is a brilliant man.
Good one.  hahahahaha



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 4:14 pm
 

ASU president on Todd Graham: "It was not normal"

You asked permission to talk to him, and Pitt said "no."  Then he up and resigns from Pitt so that you can then "talk to him?"   So, in other words, you never talked to him at all until he resigned from Pitt?  Yet you sign him as your coach less than a day later?  Did you send him an e-mail?  Did you talk to somebody who talked to him, or did he use ESP to ascertain that you wanted to hire him as your coach?  Either way, good luck.  You're going to need it.  You could have done a lot better.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:32 pm
 

ASU president on Todd Graham: "It was not normal"

Graham is a brilliant man, He was offered More Money to move from Frigid, dreary, Pittsburgh to sunny Arizona and he said Where do I sign!

Anybody who would have stayed in Pittsburgh and turned down the opportunity to make millions and live the lifestyle in Tempe, Arizona should not be teaching young people and should be committed to a hospital.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:29 pm
 

ASU president on Todd Graham: "It was not normal"

Why is President of University, Michael Crow, deciding to run No huddle offense? "What we set out to do was hire a head coach who had experience in playing football the way we wanted to - no huddle offense," Crow said. What gives Michael Crow the right to decide that the football program needs to run the No huddle offense? If Lisa Love, Athletic director, said that, it would have been different but Crow is president of the university not coach of the football team.

Very sad to see Lisa Love, athletic director, hire Dennis Erickson and Herb Sendek and then see the both teams finish at the bottom of the Pac 12. Lisa Love made Dennis Erickson, the 3rd highest Arizona State Employee in the State during a recession and now he was so lousy, she had to fire him. Please resign Lisa Love!



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:24 pm
 

ASU president on Todd Graham: "It was not normal"

Why is the President of the University deciding which Offensive schemes and thus coaches who oach that specific offensive style, is best for winning football games? What gives him the credibility. Shouldn't the President of the University, a public university, look for the coach regardless of offensive or defensive schemes who can bring the team the most wins while following the rules? It's not normal for the President to decide the offensive schemes of the football team.



Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: January 12, 2012 2:29 pm
 

ASU president on Todd Graham: "It was not normal"

Was it an aberration as well than his initial press conference at ASU was a carbon copy of his initial Pitt speech? 


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