Graham Headed To Pitt?

By Mike Vukovcan

PITTSBURGH (KDKA-TV) — It sounds like Pitt may just have a new head football coach.

While a spokesperson for the University of Pittsburgh would not confirm the report late this afternoon, Tulsa’s NewsChannel 8 is now reporting that Tulsa Golden Hurricane head coach Todd Graham has accepted the Panthers head coaching job.

Pitt was highly interested in Graham prior to hiring former coach Michael Haywood.

Sources have said that Pitt offered Graham the job; but that he had to accept it by tonight.

Again, the University of Pittsburgh has not released a statement confirming this report.

Stay with KDKA for more on this developing story


One Comment

  1. JW says:

    The fact that he’s going back to Tulsa to give them a chance to counter offer should speak VOLUMES!!! If he comes to Pitt and is successful, he’ll be gone in 3-5 years tops.

    1. lagerhead953 says:

      Let me talk to my sales manager. What would it take to put you in this job today.Smiley Pederson and Todd Graham are a match made in hell……..

  2. Brother Rhaan says:

    Another egotistical maniac.

  3. JK says:

    As if Pitt has options

  4. fgjr says:

    Maybe he has to check with his babies mama.

  5. Pederson Sucks says:

    Why doesn’t Pederson just coach the team too
    He would have to be a better coach than he is as an AD

  6. chance says:

    I think he should accept/reject PITT’s offer without sleazy horse trading. Sounds like a car salesman….TACKY!

  7. jason k says:

    graham is all about the big payday and does not care at all about pitt football

  8. Ron Cook says:

    Why does every one think I’m a bigger idiot han Marty Griffin?

    1. bugsbeagle says:

      Because you are

  9. JW says:

    The minute he said he was going back to Tulsa to see if there would be a counter offer, Pederson should have grown a set and pulled the offer.

  10. Harry P Ness says:

    Don’t worry Ron, Mart has that Idiot title wrpped up, your #2 on the list.

  11. marty says:

    I still say Jamie Dixon could coach both teams

  12. Pittster says:

    I thought it was Tom Bradley?. hahahaha

  13. Scott says:

    Counter offer? Wow he’s really interested bad hire if they do it. write down.

  14. Tom G says:

    I think it’s a big, no huge mistake that Pitt won’t get Bradley. The job he did at Penn State speaks volumes for the man to be the next coach at Pitt.

  15. Brad says:

    Folks .. Relax!

    It’s a negotiation ploy. Can anyone really blame him for trying to get out more cash? Who wouldn’t? If all of your next employer’s allowed you the power of negotiation and your old job wanted you, wouldn’t you check with them too? Wow really folks? Don’t hate on the man because he is making a ton more money than any of us.

    Now that I think of it.. Who’s fault is it these coaches get paid what they do? Ours. We buy the tickets, we watch them on tv, we buy the sponsors product.

    Folks, college football has ceased to be a sport and has become a business. Why else do you think there is no playoff system? It’s not because of the bowls. The bowls wouldn’t be effected, except 4, orange, rose, sugar and fiesta. Espn, ABC And NBC are the reasons there is no playoff. Televising rights . It’s a business decision all the way across the board, all the coaches do it, quit complaining and welcome Coach Graham into the university

  16. Jeff says:

    Where’s Brad at today? He was all over these message boards the last few days, anti-Bradley.

    Brad – you better up your ante to Pitt to support this clown’s contract.

    1. Brad says:

      Ummmm right above u

      1. Brad's Life Partner Terrance says:

        that came off a tad gay

  17. St8tr4life says:

    Loves the fact that Pedersen is too stupid and hateful to hire a man that will be there for a long time, will bring stability to the program just because he is a Penn State man.

    You get what you deserve with this guy in charge Pitt. Within four years you will be loooking again,

  18. Randy T says:

    Fire Pederson!
    Hire Bradley!
    Come on Golden Pantehrs Where are YOU!?

  19. Tony says:


    Give me facts as to why this guy is, or is expected to be a good fit?

  20. Joe T says:

    Bradley’s in Connecticut begging for someone to hire him so he can get away from JoePa. I don’t have a problem with Graham going back to Tulsa. If Rodriguez had done that to WVU there wouldn’t have been all the hatred.

  21. Bob T. says:

    Fire Pederson, who should not have been rehired in the first place and make Dave W. the AD. Then hire a Pitt alumni – they are the only ones that may stay here if they have success – Sal Sunseri comes to mind.

    1. Pghtomkat says:

      If you ever met Sal Sunseri you would not be saying he’s Head Coach material.
      Do the words “Dumber than a Brick” mena anything to you?
      Sal’s lucky he can walk and chew gum at the same time; let alone lead a football team

  22. PK says:

    Bradley is local boy – and had lead Penn State many years
    Why OH Why is this such a big decision. I think Pederson should NOT
    pick – he’s obviously swayed against Bradley or is it personal.

  23. St8tr4life says:

    Advice for Tom Bradley. When this guy leaves in the next few years for the “next great opportunity”. Turn PITT down.

  24. RoccoRisetti says:

    What a total zoo for a once proud program. I’m surprised anyone wants to come here after the last few weeks have proven there is no intelligent leadership in the current Pitt universe. It’s time to clean house starting at the top.

  25. honz says:

    You have to be kidding me!!! You can’t see that this is all about the MONEY. He will turn Pitt down when Tulsa offers more money.

  26. Pitt10Grad says:

    Todd Graham is a very good hire, should everything play out. In fact, no one would be complaining if he was selected from the first go-round. What no one recognizes is that money was (and still could be) the wall between Graham and Pitt. But I’m glad to see Pederson/ Nordenberg open up the pocket book. Graham has a solid resume with wins to back it up, and he has an excellent eye for coaching talent (e.g. Malzhan).

    If Pitt had hired Tom Bradley, I would have been completely satisfied. Bradley, however, is the safe choice. You fired Wannstedt because you were sick of the mediocrity attached with his program, and I have a strong feeling Bradley would have been more of the same. Fans MUST realize that the pro-style offense is almost obsolete in Big East play, as well as in division 1 college football. Graham will bring in a high powered offense that puts points on the board. Wannstedt was let go because Pederson, as well as many Pitt fans, called for a change to the program. This is exactly the kind of change that is needed.

    Lastly, everyone needs to stop calling for Pederson’s head. The man did a lot for this University and its athletic department. He turned around the Basketball program, organized the funds for state of the art athletic facilities (including the use of Heinz Field), and helped bring tons of money to Pitt. Haywood had no criminal record, and was an attractive candidate with his success at Miami OH. Unfortunately, his (alleged) stupid actions are reflected on Pederson’s credibility. I am not saying Pederson shouldn’t be criticized for some of his decisions, because he very well should be, I’m just saying that he shouldn’t lose his job right now. If Graham does not work out here at Pitt, then Pederson should be fired. With his job, and more importantly his credibity, on the line, I’m sure he will be thorough in his search. But for now, let’s move forward with Graham as the head coach of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers (I hope).

    1. Randy T says:

      You mae a good case!
      Although you make you case well, its only a well proven case that you are an idiot!

    2. Randy T says:

      I’m sorry I just need to say this again.

      1. Jeff says:

        well said Randy – you’re right on target. too bad SP was off target.

    3. jared says:

      Solid resume? Wins to back it up? Are you a clown? Tulsa was 9-3 and beat nodby. Biggest win was against ND, and they are garbage. The lost to ECU who gave up 76 points to Navy. Look at the recruiting for Tulsa on Tulsa has no recruit higher then a 3 star and they dont have many of them. PSU has 4, 4 star recruits and you know Bradley has a hand in selecting those kids. Bradley has been coaching PSU for over 5 years now and has 2, 11 wins seasons in the last 3 years. Do you want Graham coming in and pulling a few 2 and 3 stars with him or Bradley taking a few 3 and 4’s from PSU. Quit being rediculous and quit making Peterson the king of your fantasies. WAKE UP

  27. eazytime says:

    I bet that Mr. Graham is a real strong recruiter in the Eastern area. Right. Let him stay in O.K. and hire Bradley.

  28. Joe says:

    You got to be frickin kidding me. What a joke. What happened to the 2nd interview process. Bradley is THE choice. Look at the local polls they are the people in the stands they want Bradley!!!!!!!

  29. JW says:

    I can’t wait for the Pitt offense to score 45 PPG each Saturday only to go 4-8 because they lost 50-45, 49-42, 63-48… Just ask Dana Holgerson whose OK State Cowboys hung a 63 spot on Tulsa this past season. Can’t wait until they play WVU in 2011. And get this, Graham has been a defensive coach his entire career until he became a head coach, check his bio. Sure sounds like the kind of guy we need – a defensive coach with no defense. We’ll see what he’s made of and who really was the brains behind the offense since his OC is now in Clemson. Pitt just got snookered! Keep hiring from your midwestern roots SP, you d-bag!!!

  30. Mike22 says:

    you haters need to let it go, Pitt10Grad is right on! if Bradley is THE pick then why is the ONLY school to interview him the U of friggin Connecticut? give the guy a chance; if he leaves in 4 yrs, but with 2 B. East championships under his belt, i”ll be glad to see the school go thru this process again!!!

  31. Mon River Towing says:

    agree with Pitt10Grad who says Bradley is the safe choice. Bradley seems much too similar to Wannstedt in many ways. If they are going in a new direction Graham looks to be the way to go. If you want a top up and coming coach you cant avoid the possibility that he eventually leaves for greener pastures. But why worry about that? If Graham leaves Pitt for a better job it means that Pitt was winning and isnt that all that matters?

  32. The Voice of Panther Hollow says:

    Pitt alumni deserve better. Pederson is trying to save his big $$$ contract. He is of the same mold as Chancellor Nordenberg, both good “yes”men. A real search team with former Pitt players and people with a love of the team should be the priority. Pittsburgh is a tough town and a former Pitt alumn or evern Steeler would be a better fiit. This is too fast,. again and Pitt will pay. Pederson’s priority is basketball, not footfall… and the bottom line.. his bonuses!! Fire the AD (even his old alma mater could not stand him!).

    1. Voice of Panther Hollow says:

      P.S.Also, Pederson handled the firing of Wannie in an unprofessional way. Whether you like him or not, he was never allowed to go out gracefully with dignity coaching his team in the bowl game. It shows how lousey Pederson is with human resources and his position. He is paid way too much and athletics at Pitt are set back under his reign of terror. He hates alumni! He should be fired the same way and look for a real job! See how far he gets at another college!!

  33. bob says:

    If they hire this guy i hope everybody takes there money elsewhere. It truly would be a joke for this guy to come here

  34. Pitt10Grad says:

    Randy and Jeff,

    Way to show your intelligence with those riveting posts. At least support your statements with relevant facts. I truly hope that you guys are not Pitt fans or alumni. Readers, I ask you to please discredit anything these two fools post from here on out.


    I believe it is YOU who is the clown. How could anyone try to compare recruiting for Tulsa to PSU? You’re talking about a CUSA school against a Big 10 school. I forgot how Jim Tressel was pulling in 5 star recruits at Youngstown State. Wow…

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