The University of Pittsburgh has officially announced that the next head coach of its football team will be Tulsa’s Todd Graham. Graham has been touted as one of the best offensive coaches in the NCAA. This year he lead the Golden Hurricane to the top of Conference USA West with a 10-3 record and he made a bowl appearance. He compiled a 36-17 overall record with Tulsa. Under his direction, Tulsa led the nation in total offense twice (2007 and 2008) and ranked fifth this year.
Before taking the job in Tulsa, Graham served as the head coach at Rice for one season. “We are thrilled that Todd Graham has agreed to become the head football coach at the University of Pittsburgh,” said Pitt Athletic Director Steve Pederson. “His innovative, creative and energized approach to football makes him an exciting leader for our program. He has a proven track record of success at all levels of football and his wealth of experience on both sides of the ball gives him a unique set of credentials.”
In a news release Graham says, “My family and I are honored to join such a prestigious university and rich football tradition like the University of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is a tremendous football city with great fans. We will work diligently every day to earn their respect and build a program that competes for and wins championships. I’m also excited to return to the Big East, a conference that plays tremendous football.” Graham will make an appearance at a news conference today to be officially named the 35th head coach in Pitt football history.
Graham replaces Michael Haywood, who was hired away from Miami University of Ohio December 16 after Dave Wannstedt resigned under pressure following 6 years as head coach. Haywood was fired New Year's Day after being arrested on a domestic violence charge involving the mother of his 21 month old son.