Todd Graham is leaving Pittsburgh to become Arizona State’s new head coach. This makes his third head coaching move in four seasons, I believe. And his departure was classy indeed.
… Pitt’s players were informed in a statement from Graham that was sent via text by assistant athletic director/football operations Blair Philbrick.
“I have resigned my position at Pitt in the best interest of my family to pursue the head coaching position at Arizona State,” Graham said. “Coaching there has always been a dream of ours and we have family there. The timing of the circumstances have prohibited from telling you this directly. I now am on my way to Tempe to continue those discussions. God Bless. Coach Graham.”
Mike Leach’s partner for next month’s Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game is a dude whose current claim to fame is, well, multi-talented: “As the publisher of titles like Adult Quest, Wildscene, and Risque Business, Gray presides over a regional strip-club-guide empire. His magazines are a quirky mix of raunchy editorials from local lawyers and porn stars, and glossy ads for Houston-area cabarets.”
You may see this as a bug, but I’m not so sure. Lane Kiffin’s probably wondering why he didn’t think of outsourcing.
I’ve been searching for Michigan State news on Big Ten blogs and such, but as you can imagine, Jerry Sandusky and Urban Meyer have sucked most of the oxygen out of the tent. So apologies for the paucity of info on that front…
Tennessee (5-7, 1-7). Losing to Kentucky for the first time since the mid-’80s is the essence of disappointment. Losing to a Kentucky team led by a wide receiver making his first start at quarterback since high school doubles down on that.
Georgia currently is slated to return 17 of 22 starters from this year’s 10-3 squad when it defends its SEC Eastern Division championship next season. That’s obviously a big reason for optimism.
Obviously there are areas of concern, like the offensive line and special teams. But who foresaw the depth that was developed this season at wide receiver and linebacker? The coaching staff deserves some kudos for that.
I’m not sure how this works, exactly, but I would think it’s not unreasonable to expect Nick Saban to take another run at Justin Thomas, a four-star recruit who flipped his verbal commitment from Alabama to Georgia Tech yesterday.
So does that mean Paul Johnson has to have one of those “talk real slow” conversations with Thomas about not flirting with ‘Bama anymore?
I’m not sure if that’s a sadder commentary on Malzahn, who surely becomes the first coach ever to regret rejecting a coaching offer from Vandy, or Gene Chizik, who I figure is one Trooper Taylor defection away from presiding over the biggest exodus since Pharoah watched the Israelites hightail it out of Egypt.
The good news is that there should be plenty of room on the Auburn sideline at the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
“I’m to blame for that, too. I’m the head coach. I’m responsible for our performance,” Smart said Thursday. “I respect coach Chaney a lot, the way he’s handled things with you guys yesterday but also with our players more importantly. He owns up to them with them.” -- AJ-C, 12/29/16