Todd Graham dumps Pitt for Arizona State
Graham received his first head coaching job from Rice in 2006. A year later, he left for Tulsa, where he had previously served as the program’s defensive coordinator. He led the Golden Hurricane to a record of 36-17, which included three seasons of 10 or more wins. He then left Tulsa for Pittsburgh in 2011, and likewise, Pittsburgh for Arizona State for the season of 2012.
A wanderer comes with excuses attached, and Graham cites family for the abrupt move to the desert. And indicative of a man that cannot bond or declare loyalty to any program, he alerted his Pittsburgh players of the exit by way of text message.
Graham was denied permission by Pittsburgh to speak to other schools about coaching vacancies. It prompted his resignation and quick acceptance of the position at ASU. The Panthers now find themselves searching for a replacement to lead a program scheduled to move to the ACC in 2014.
As for Graham, the length of his expected stay in Tempe is unknown, and history makes it safe to say it won’t be his final stop. Depending on the number of branches on his family tree, the future may bring him to a university near you.
Pac 12 Notes
- Jim Mora added three assistants to his UCLA staff. Former SMU assistant coach Adrian Klemm is among them.
- Arizona State didn’ t gain anything form its contact with Kyle Whittingham, but the Utah coach did. The Utes have awarded their coach an extension in an effort to secure him.
- Arik Armstead visited Cal over the weekend and gave the Bears high marks. USC is still hoping to land the nation’s top recruit.
- To no surprise, Oregon’s LaMichael James has opted to forgo his senior year and enter the NFL draft.