PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The University of Pittsburgh formally introduced head football coach Todd Graham during a press conference Tuesday.
Graham has been the head coach at Tulsa for the last four years where he earned a 36-17 record. He also had three bowl game wins during his tenure.
“Looking at this opportunity, this is a dream come true for me and for my family and for my staff – guys I have been with for a long time in this business – to get an opportunity to head up a BCS program, and one of I think one of the finest programs in the country,” he said.
This will be Graham’s third head-coaching job. Before Tulsa, he spent one season at Rice. Back in 2001 and 2002, he was an assistant under Rich Rodriguez at West Virginia.
“I started 26 years ago coaching seventh-grade football and [have] been very, very blessed,” he said.
Graham talked about the type of football he wants to play here.
“When I think of Pittsburgh and I think of [the] Pitt football program, you think of blue collar, hard edge, tough brand of football,” Graham said.
“Coming back to the Big East, I’ve had the opportunity to be in this league before – that’s how you win football here and we’re excited to bring a high-energy, innovative – a high octane approach to this university,” he added.
It is being reported that Graham’s deal will pay him $10 million over the next five years. If that’s true, Graham’s $2 million would be nearly double what Dave Wannstedt was earning.
On Dec. 16, Pitt introduced Mike Haywood as Wannstedt’s replacement; but just about two weeks later, the university dismissed Haywood following his arrest on a domestic violence charge.