Todd Graham Bails on Pitt…

Wed, Dec 14, 2011

Pittsburgh Sports

Todd Graham Bails on Pitt…

In a relatively shocking move, former University of Pittsburgh’s head coach Todd Graham has decided to jump ship after only one year to take the job at Arizona State. Excuse me?  Did I write that right?  You mean the guy that went 6-6, preached on and on about being in Pitt for the long run and doing respectable things to build up a strong rapport for Pitt football?

Surely we can’t be talking about the same Todd Graham are we?  Sadly, we are, and we’re not just talking about a football coach, we’re talking about a classless human to boot.  Todd Graham did what I feel to be the incredibly most disrespectful thing he could do when leaving Pitt for another school.  It’s not that he left, he was going to do it eventually, it’s that he left without even saying a proper and respectable reason.

Hell, he couldn’t even say his intentions face to face to HIS PLAYERS. He fired off a “press release” TEXT to his remaining staff, the AD, and the players.  Read below:

“I have resigned my position at Pitt in the best interest of my family to pursue the head coaching position at Arizona State,” Graham said in a text message sent to players on the Pittsburgh team. “Coaching there has always been a dream of ours and we have family there. The timing of the circumstances have prohibited me from telling you this directly. I now am on my way to Tempe to continue those discussions. God Bless. Coach Graham.”

Unreal.  What an absolute stunner in the face of everything this guy preached.  It’s no surprise though honestly the way he bolted Pitt, as he did Rice and Tulsa.  I just think it’s more surprising that a team who is slightly better than Pitt thinks they’re improving with a coach like Graham.

So what are the Arizona State officials saying about this?

“What we sought in a football coach was someone who would be in it for the long term at Arizona State, who would build and guide a program that would be competitive in the Pac-12 and on a national level year after year after year, who would communicate and connect with the community, and represent our University with honor. In Todd Graham we have that person,” said Arizona State President Dr. Michael Crow in a statement.

I’m pretty much positive that’s what everyone said at Pitt this year, what everyone said at Temple before that, and even Rice before that.  The man is selling snake oil, he’s no good, and to hell talking about respect.  These past six hours have shown all you need to know from a person like Todd Graham.  A low-class turd.

EDIT: Thanks to ‘That Guy’ for the correction below.  

Todd Graham New Head Coach Arizona State

Todd Graham and his wife flying to Arizona State...


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2 Responses to “Todd Graham Bails on Pitt…”

  1. That Guy Says:

    He coached at Tulsa, not Temple. Just saying.

  2. Joe Kumpf Says:

    His wife is nasty looking!

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