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Todd Graham Quits on Pitt

Vote in our poll about the now former Collier Township resident's decision to leave.

Todd Graham quit his job as head football coach for Pitt on Wednesday with a text message, and immediately accepted the coaching job at Arizona State.

Graham, who bought a house in just nine months ago, had not even completed a full year on his contract before heading to sunny Arizona.

How do you feel about him leaving the Panthers and the way he quit? Vote in our poll.

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Mike Jones (Editor) December 15, 2011 at 03:25 PM
I was hoping to do an interview with him and his family after the season. Guess I won't have that opportunity now!
Conrad December 15, 2011 at 04:45 PM
Actually, I'm glad that he is gone. I NEVER thought he was the right man for the job anyways, and after a 6-6 season, he will be forgotten quickly. Offer ther job to Sal Sunseri, who is a co-ordinator with Alabama, one of the best programs in the country.
Mike Jones (Editor) December 15, 2011 at 05:54 PM
I don't blame you for feeling that way after a 6-6 season. It's not like he left three days after losing the biggest game in school history.
Conrad December 15, 2011 at 10:28 PM
Well Mike, I doubt that the BBVA (whatever) Bowl would be the biggest game in Pitt's history. That would be tantamount to saying that the Big East Conference Championship should be the American Standard Toilet Bowl. I am surprised however, that they WOULDN'T offer the job to Sal Sunseri, a hometown boy as well as a throwback to Pitt's glory days. Wouldn't you agree?
Mike Jones (Editor) December 16, 2011 at 12:10 AM
Well, I was actually alluding to when RichRod stabbed my school in the back three days after 13-9. That was insult to injury. As for Sunseri, I wonder if that would be a minefield considering the situation with his son.
Roger December 16, 2011 at 01:31 AM
The local sports talk radio station had the recording of Graham's press conference at AZ St last night. They laid it side-by-side with a recording of his introductory press conference at Pitt 11 months ago. They were nearly identical, with the same stuff, "high octane," "hammer down in left lane," loyalty, teamwork, commitment, blah, blah, blah. The station was playing a game with the callers, playing a clip and asking the caller which new conference, Pitt or AZ St. It was a toss up, with no way to distinguish. Even as late as Tuesday noontime, Graham was at a luncheon as a speaker to high school students. He message was the same thing, commitment, loyalty, teamwork, etc. He knew in less than 24 hours he would be on a plane to AZ. He also knew of his plans when talking with Steve Pederson on Tuesday night (by phone). Meanwhile, he planned the quick get-away, without even closing with Pederson, the team, or Pitt officials. What are the players left to think? Or, even what are the AZ St folks who hired him left to think? Did they get who they thought they bought? I suppose his actions are symbolic of the phony facade of college sports. He is symbolic of the "all talk" with no backbone in character. While he continues to fool others, and march forward to his own drummer, he leaves a trail of debris scattered in his wake, much of it splashing on young men.

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