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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Todd Graham came to Pittsburgh in January promising to revitalize the Panthers.
No detail went overlooked, from the mural he wanted painted in his office to the rope he hung just inside the doors of the team facility, the one the players were required to touch on their way in and out of the building to remind them that they’re in this together.
Eleven months later, the rope remains, but Graham is gone and Pitt must rebuild. Again.
Graham’s stunning resignation on Wednesday to take the same position at Arizona State left the administration stunned, players angry and athletic director Steve Pederson on his third coaching search in a year.
“I never imagined that we would be where we are today at this particular time talking about what we’re talking about,” Pederson said.
Pitt beat Kentucky 27-10 in the same bowl a year ago, with Phil Bennett serving as interim after Dave Wannstedt was forced out and replacement Mike Haywood was fired after less than three weeks on the job following his arrest on a domestic violence charge in Indiana. Graham was hired on Jan. 10 to restore a sense of sanity to the program. He preached accountability, speed and talked relentless about how the Panthers could contend for a Big East title right away.
It never happened.
The “high-octane” offense Graham brought with him from Tulsa operated sporadically at best and the team struggled to put away opponents. Three times Pitt let double-digit second-half leads slip away, turning a promising season into a frustrating one.
“Obviously we have not accomplished what we set out to,” Graham said before the regular season finale against Syracuse.
Less than three weeks later, he was gone.
Graham called taking the job at Arizona State a family decision, echoing the same words used during his introductory press conference with the Panthers.
The school’s administration had other words for his sudden exit, “disappointing” being near the top of the list.
“Obviously this is not the way we would have expected Mr. Graham to handle any possible departure,” Pitt executive vice chancellor and general counsel Jerry Cochran said. “Beyond normal expectations with respect to professional conduct, he has failed to comply with the terms of his contract.”
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