Graham Doesn't Expect To Lose Any Assistants

Rich Rodriguez will take over as head coach at Arizona. Todd Graham was an assistant under Rodriguez for two seasons (2001, 2002) in Morgantown, where he coached along Calvin Magee, Tony Gibson and Tony Dews--who are all currently assistants at Pitt.

It's a fear and an issue every head coach must face at every level, and that's losing assistant coaches every year. There are many things that add pressure to the daily head coaching duties—interviewing other assistants, hiring new ones and the difficulties that can stem recruiting, pending on whether or not a particular commit is loyal to a particular assistant.

It's an issue Todd Graham may have to face now with Rich Rodriguez taking over at Arizona.

"Obviously, you hire good people, and sometimes you have people come after them," Graham said. "I want what's best for our coaches and their families, but that's not something I'm spending any time worrying about."

Current Pitt assistants Tony Gibson and Calvin Magee both served as assistants to Rich Rodriguez at West Virginia and at Michigan. All three were there for Rodriguez' entire tenure at both schools; from 2001-2007 in Morgantown and from 2008-2010 in Ann Arbor. Tony Dews served as a graduate assistant under Rodriguez in 2001 and again as a full-time assistant in 2007, before spending all three seasons at Michigan with Rodriguez.

Therefore, there is a threat of Graham losing all three coaches to Rodriguez. Graham said Tuesday, though, he is not concerned about losing any of his assistants.

"That's part of the business," Graham added. "I can tell you this. We're a family-type atmosphere. We really pride ourself in how we take care of our staff, and the commitment we make to them; the working environment, the family atmosphere and how we're developing them mentally, physically and spiritually. I think we got a great place to work. That's all we concern ourself with. You can't worry about something you can't control."


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