Cristobal, Foster, Bradley, Chryst, Austin & Rhoads among names to keep an eye on in early stages of Pitt’s search


Pitt’s coaching search to replace the departed Todd Graham will begin immediately and some top candidates from last years coaching search will be on Pitt’s radar once again. Athletic director Steve Pederson who many are calling to resign, will hold a press conference at 5:30 p.m. Pitt has named Keith Patterson interim head coach. What’s going to be very intriguing with this search is whether Pitt will be enamored once again with an offensive minded spread offense type of coach and whether there will be more of an emphasis on getting a “safe coach” with Pitt ties. Here are some early names sources believe will be on Pitt’s shortlist of candidates. Florida International head coach Mario Cristobal – 41 years old, a hot name in coaching circles who Pitt looked into last year but didn’t emerge as a top candidate. Cristobal is intriguing from the standpoint that he’s considered anRead More »

Graham impresses in laying out plans at Pitt


The University of Pittsburgh introduced head coach Todd Graham to the media this afternoon and Graham came away very impressive in his message of laying out his plans at Pitt. Unlike, the Mike Haywood press conference, Pitt was talking about the goal being championships today and Graham is totally the anti Haywood. He’s bringing excitement to Pitt and will surely excite the fan base. Here are some key notes from Graham’s Press Conference: GRAHAM HONORED TO BE COMING TO PITT *Graham said he is honored to be coming to Pitt and indicated that this is his dream job. “Words can’t express, walking through these hallways, seeing Johnny Majors locker, what this program means to me, ” Graham said. CHAMPIONSHIPS THE PRIMARY GOAL “We want to win the Big East Championship. “We want to win BCS bowls and we want to win a National Championship, ” Graham said. HIGH OCTANE OFFENSERead More »