Graham Named Pitt Head Coach

Todd Graham talked about winning championships in his introductory press conference. He also introduced five of his assistants.

The wait is finally over, as Pitt introduced Todd Graham as its new head football coach on Tuesday afternoon.

"Coming to the great tradition of Pitt, when I got an opportunity to meet the people at Pitt, I knew it was a great fit for me," Graham said. "I'm very honored to be here."

In addition to being accompanied by his family; his wife Penni, and three of his children.

"We're a no-huddle football team, we're a no-huddle offense," Graham said. "We're going to operate extremely fast. We'l be the most explosive football team. That's our goal."

Graham met with the returning members of the Pitt football team prior to being formally introduced by the media. It sounded like a positive meeting.

I'm very moved by getting an opportunity to meet the players today," Graham said. "I couldn't tell you how excited I was wathcing the bowl game, and seeing how they played. I'm taking over a program that's in good shape. We're excited about taking it to new heights."

Graham listed several goals, expectations he has for the football program under his regime.

Our first goal, we'll have men of character that put that gold helmet on," Graham said. "Our second goal is to graduate every single one of our players; a hundred percent of our players. That's important to me. That's personal to me.

Number three, we want to be Big East champions. Number four, we want to be BCS champions. Number five, we want to be national champions. I'm excited to look to the future. I want to tell those recruits out there that we will be there shortly. We're very excited about the opportunity that we have here.

Graham introduced five assistants in the room. Some already have titles, such as Paul Randolph, who is officially the senior associate head coach, and will coach the defensive line. Keith Patterson--who comes to Pitt from Tulsa with Graham--will coach on the defensive side of the ball as well. Mike Norvell was the passing game coordinator at Tulsa, and will join Graham at Pitt.

Making a splash, of sorts, Graham also introduced Calvin Magee as an offensive coordinator, most likely co-offensive coordinator with Norvell. Magee most recently was the offensive coordinator at Michigan. Also coming on board is Tony Gibson from Michigan, who will coach the defensive backs and be the recruiting coordinator.

I can tell you this, we will put together the finest group of men that will exemplify and fit what this University is all about, and that is character and integrity," Graham said. "I'm very honored, very proud to be standing up here."

Stay tuned to Panther Digest for more coverage on Graham's hiring.

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