Pitt announces hiring of Todd Graham as head football coach
January 10, 2011 6:45 PM
Tulsa head coach Todd Graham, center, is seen on the sidelines of the Hawaii Bowl NCAA college football game at Aloha Stadium between Tulsa and Hawaii on Christmas Eve. Tulsa won, 62-35.
By Bill Brink Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The University of Pittsburgh has hired former Tulsa head coach Todd Graham as its new football coach, the university announced tonight.
Pitt will introduce Graham in a press conference at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Graham was Tulsa's head coach for the past four seasons and compiled a 36-17 record. His teams won 10 or more games in three of his four seasons and won three bowl games, including a 62-35 victory over Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl Dec. 24.
"We are thrilled that Todd Graham has agreed to become the head football coach at the University of Pittsburgh," Pederson said in a statement.
"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."
Graham was the head coach of Rice University for one season. He was an assistant coach at West Virginia for two seasons before joining Tulsa as a defensive coordinator in 2003.
"My family and I are honored to join such a prestigious university and rich football tradition like the University of Pittsburgh," Graham said in a statement.
"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."