Todd Graham to Leave Pitt for Arizona State
Todd Graham will leave Pittsburgh to become the new football coach at Arizona State. According to ESPN, Graham has issued the following statement via text to his team:
“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.”
If so, this will force Pitt to endure a coaching change for two consecutive years (not to mention the whole Mike Haywood debacle). Worse yet, this is not exactly a great market for head coaches right now. As it is, Graham is somewhat of a consolation choice for the Sun Devils.
If true, the next question will be who should coach Pittsburgh. Or who will? One has to wonder if the Panthers will at least inquire about the availability of Jim Tressel? Although he turned down Akron, Pittsburgh is nearby and a talent-rich area. Also, with the looming move to the ACC, it might not be a bad way for the Sweater Vest to re-establish his image. This is not even rumor though. Just throwing it out there as an idea. Beyond that, it is difficult to know where Pitt should turn. Let the rumor mill get started.