Todd Graham had been high on the list of coaching candidates for the University of Pittsburgh since its second search in a month began.
Monday night, moments after the national championship game kicked off, the University's athletic department officially announced that Todd Graham was its new head coach.
"We are thrilled that Todd Graham has agreed to become the head football coach at the University of Pittsburgh," Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said in the release. "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."
Sources informed Panther Digest on Sunday that the two sides have been in talks about contract terms. Sources also informed us that the two sides were close Sunday, but that Graham wanted to mull it over some more with Tulsa. Talks resumed Monday, with the two sides being able to come to an agreement.
In each of his four years at Tulsa, Graham's teams left their mark on the Conference USA and NCAA record books. Graham's offenses led the nation in yards per game in 2007 and 2008. his 2010 team ranked fifth nationally. The 2010 team also had All-America standout Damaris Johnson, who finished his career as the NCAA's leader in all-purpose yards with 7,796."My family and I are honored to join such a prestigious university and rich football tradition like the University of Pittsburgh," Graham said. "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 comes to Pitt with a hefty pricetag. He reportedly has a $2.5 million buyout in his contract. Sources also indicate that Graham's proposed deal with Pitt is a five-year deal, in the range of $2.0 to $2.3 million. Graham made $1.3 million this past season at Tulsa.
Stay tuned to Panther Digest for the latest in Pitt's head coaching search.