Sorry everyone. We couldn’t even make it to Memorial Day without more Todd Graham spin-time. The latest is an ESPN piece by Ivan Maisel.
So much that could be (and probably will be) picked apart. But, just as I was about to do some, I realized that FraudGraham’s son just contradicted one of his earliest lies.
Todd Graham made the decision to leave Pittsburgh for Arizona State so suddenly in December that he caught his own son Bo unaware, and Bo is a member of his coaching staff. Bo walked out of a recruiting visit in Philadelphia at 9:30 p.m. and his phone rang.
“Hey,” Todd Graham said, “you need to come back here. Where are you?”
“You sent me to Philly,” Bo said. “Don’t you remember? Why do I need to come back?”
“Because I resigned my job.”
“You did what?”
“I resigned my job.”
“Why? Why would you do that?”
“Because I took another one.”
But… But… I thought Todd Graham resigned, without having the ASU job in hand. It was his leap of faith for his dream job.
Heck, FraudGraham even repeats the lie in the story despite the contradiction from his son.
“Here’s [what] people don’t understand,” Graham said. “Coaches don’t control the process. When you don’t have a job, and they say you need to be on the plane first thing the next morning, that’s what you do.”
Not according to your own son’s account. Fraud Graham is a helpless victim in this horrid game.
Graham wondered if Pittsburgh would have allowed him to hold a meeting once he resigned. He said he asked Beaudine, who led the search for Arizona State, “several times” to delay the family’s departure from Pittsburgh long enough for Graham to meet with the team and was told there was no time.
He might have been able to meet with the players if he had actually spoken to anyone from Pitt before leaving. As he conveniently forgets refusing to speak to a Pitt official who came to his house the night before.
As usual, though, it wasn’t his fault. The head of ASU’s search committee, Bob Beaudine, was the ogre who Graham happily throws out as the real villain. Refusing to let him meet with the players — or even text them himself.
He also continues to try and use his family as his shield. Once more citing his wife.
The most obvious reason he is doing it: He’s getting killed for it on the recruiting trail.
He can preach accountability, honor and all the other stuff he tries to sell. And maybe the fans and current players will buy-in, because there is no alternative. Selling that to kids and parents who aren’t bound to ASU is not so easy when every competing program is pointing out the big lie.
Even Arizona’s present coach Dick Rod figured out after a month at Michigan to just shut up about leaving West Virginia. That it wasn’t helping change the narrative.
Most people would recommend just putting the head down and not trying to befriend the national media. Give that area time to move on to the next outrage. Don’t keep reminding them. Just focus on winning over the local media. Make sure to connect with the students, boosters, fans, administration and build support in the first year. Fraud Graham has been at it for 6 months and still hasn’t learned. Instead he talks, and everyone points out the lies and how bad he is.
That, goes to who Fraud Graham is. He’s always been able to sell, spin and talk. It’s always worked for him. It has to drive him absolutely crazy that he isn’t able to do it. He’s still a punchline. A joke that keeps on giving.