Pitt Introduces Todd Graham

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.

  • Satan Pedersin

    Welcome to hell, Todd! At least the pay doesnt suck

  • drc

    Good luck to him and I do wish him well but not to hire Tom Bradley was an egocentric move that Peterson is going to regret. Idiot.

    • Zach

      Again, what is with the obsession with Tom Bradley?? I’m not taking away from his abilities as a coach but seriously.. if he was that great then why wouldn’t PSU be doing what they need to do to keep him on ice for another year (even Joe Pa has to stop soon.. one season maybe??). If he was that great why not Temple – which also didn’t believe he was the right guy? The idea that you have to be from a specific geography to be effective is so archaic its ridiculous. Dave Wannstedt proved that while he could recruit he lacked other abilities required to take Pitt to the top of their conference. Stewart at WVU same thing. Time will tell whether Graham is worth the money but of the available talent pool I think he is a pretty good hire!

  • Mon River Towing

    Actually, the Mike Haywood hire was the egocentric move. Pederson wanted to be the guy to find a diamond in the rough and it backfired big time. Graham should have been hired the first go-round but Pitt wanted to save money. This time Nordenberg and Cochrane are on the hook if Graham doesnt pan out. Not just Pederson. Welcome to Pittsburgh Mr Graham. $2million spends much better in Pittsburgh than most cities.

  • Scott

    I just hope this man is going to be a great ambassador to the city and university as we knoow Mr. Bradley would be…

  • pitt fan

    Good luck to Coach Graham. I hope he can be a success at Pitt. Now for the other one. Pitt fans- don’t let him off the hook. Pederson still has to go NOW! He and the chancellor will go into hiding now and hope everything blows over. Don’t let it happen! Keep the financial heat on !

  • Isaah Duck

    Yea, let’s get rid of the bum.

  • dobreshunka_59

    give the guy a chance and the very best to tom bradley


    I’m glad we finally have a new head coach.
    Now Pitt has no excuse and must FIRE PEDERSON NOW!!!!!!!

  • St8tr4life

    You all forgot the 2.5 million buyout from Tulsa that Pitt is paying for. So to sum up, you got a guy with less of a background in the area, not as much experience, at higher price tag and oh yeah, he’ll be gone to his next gig in the next 4 or 5 years than Bradley. Pitt makes me laugh every time they are in the news!

  • St8tr4life

    I sure hope the Steelers never use any of these people at Pitt.

  • Clue

    that’s what happens when your first choice batters his baby mama.

  • Randy T

    ALL PITT SEASON ticket holders should not buy tickets if this second rate Coach from Tulsa is hired!
    The players should tranfer ASAP.
    Fire Pederson!
    Hail PITT!

  • St8tr4life

    Yeah Clue, Pedersen sure does have an eye for talent.

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  • Mike22

    Yeah fire the AD who brought the basketball team from the dregs & oh yeah u squealed about the second rate coach from N.Arizona (Howland). & what abiut those first rate facilities on the So.Side-all Pedersen! yes the Haywood hire blew up,but nothing was out there to indicate this could happen. GIVE IT A CHANCE PEOPLE! you may be surprised…

  • Pittsburgh Guy

    Next year Big East Championship!!!! Year after Grahm wants millions more or he’s moven on!

    • Len

      Pittsburgh Guy I realize u r a homer but do yourself a favor don’t say stupid stuff like next year a big east title. First of all your qb is god awful and not a spread qb second no recruits this team will be hurting for years because of that. Pitt has a long way to go, before they r even competitive

  • PITT JOKE!!!!

    Pitt needed to go big name or somebody younger…… no interviews for Boise coach.. rich rod… ok st coord… leech.. bring in somebody who we can get excited about….. I will not buy a tick until we win a championship… same as Pirates….

  • Brad

    Typical Pittsburgh fans

    Tear apart a man who just complimented the city because he isn’t chuck noll or Jackie sherrill. Folks coaches leaving is part of the game, both auburn and Oregon have had new coaches in the last few years, so has Alabama, stanford, wisconsin, arkansas , lsu all have been to a bcs bowl In the last 2 years .. If you all recall you are the same people who bashed Jamie Dixon and said he was leaving..

  • Joe T

    He beat ND at ND and has won seven straight. Let’s give him a chance

    • Bob

      beat N. D. Wow great accomplishment.. Give me a break,N.D. has stunk for the past 10 yrs..

  • tony

    Brad, how many season tickets do you have? That cha-ching you just heard was the ticket price increase to pay for this ass-clown

  • MK

    How sad that a a college is more focused on a sport than education. Where do they get the money to pay this goof 2 million a year? Oh thats right, outrageous tuition fees

  • Roscoe

    This is a good hire. Dollars pale in comparison to what Mark Nordenberg’s friends/cronies ae Wilshire Associates stole from the University last year. Supposedly paid close to million bucks for fancy PR firm from New York for damage control.

  • Monroe Milers

    Hey – the guy can not be that bad – he learned his trade under Rich Rod – and look at him now – you could have had him – plus a 2.5 mil buy out from the U of M — maybe Pitt will run the spread next season – see ya on the sideline Rich Rod

  • bob

    the sports writers ,you know, the penn state haters, just got their wish by Pitt passing on Bradley..Cook, Phil S(the ultimate Penn State hater), etc….are all smiling now…Get over The Hate of Penn St…Your man wannstadt did nothing for the program.. peterson needs to go,the worse move was not building an onsite football stadium,then hiring Dave and then extending his contract for losing every big game in the past 5 yrs..Hires from Ohio U,Tulsa. a defensive coordinater,,,,,,,,,,,,Dave, of the Miami Dolphins(look up the defense of the Dolphins during those yrs.) Peterson has had blunders year after year…

  • joe P

    Who was the Genius that signed Dave W. to a new contract recently..Thats Pitts problem,reward average coaching!! Give me one reason why a top football player would come to Pitt?? Not winning any big game for 5 yrs..Get to play at Heinz field,where the students need to get up and go across town on a Sat.. morning, great idea.. Cant sell out games..Scenic Oaland,,etc…

    • JoeBob

      Learning how to spell Oakland……priceless!

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