Dews, Magee, Gibson Depart

Just one day following its 2011 regular-season finale, Pitt head coach Todd Graham announced that three members from his first-year coaching staff are leaving Pitt to pursue opportunities at other schools.

One day after Pitt ended its regular season with a 33-20 win over Syracuse, head coach Todd Graham announced that three of his assistant coaches are leaving Pitt to pursue opportunities at other schools.

The three assistants leaving are co-offensive coordinator Calvin Magee, defensive secondary coach Tony Gibson and tight ends coach Tony Dews. All three were assistants under Rich Rodriguez at both West Virginia and Michigan. All three are expected to join Rodriguez at Arizona, where he was named head coach on November 22.

Magee and Gibson were on Rodriguez' staff for his entire West Virginia tenure (2001-07) and the entire Michigan tenure (2008-10). Both were among Graham's first hires when he was named Pitt head coach on January 11. Dews started off as a graduate assistant under Rodriguez from 2001-02. He returned to Morgantown as a full-time assistant in 2007, before following Rodriguez to Michigan for three seasons.

"I want to thank Tony Gibson, Calvin Magee and Tony Dews for their contributions during this past season," Graham said in a statement. "We will move expeditiously yet thoroughly in finding full-time replacements, and I know we'll have some exceptional candidates to consider. This is an opportunity for us to strengthen an already strong group of coaches and support staff.

"Moving forward, our coaches will be laser-focused on recruiting and having our team ready to play, and win, a bowl game. We've got an incredibly bright future at Pitt and I'm extremely ambitious and enthusiastic about what we can achieve."

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