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May 23, 2012

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.





Cannot believe ESPN wrote that piece for that piece of sh&t.

oh, yes i can

Comment by Yup 05.23.12 @ 1:55 pm

Read Andrea Adelson’s post on ESPN’s BE blogspot… a nice reminder of the facts, not this recast by Maisel.

Comment by JLawrence 05.23.12 @ 1:58 pm

Yeah I read that the other day, she really laid into him, her best piece ever regarding Pitt.

Comment by Yup 05.23.12 @ 2:07 pm

Here is my desperate plea… can we please stop acknowledging Graham’s existence? He does not even matter to Pitt anymore. We have a new coach, a new system, and things seem to be fine in Pittsburgh. Why do we need to keep referring to this clown?

If a guy gets dumped by a girl, and he is still talking about how terrible she was (and what a lair she was) 5-6 months after the break-up, it makes that guy sound pathetic. If this guy was your friend, you would begin to ignore him and/or tell him to move on already.

We are now 5-6 months removed from Graham leaving Pitt. Can we please move on already?

Comment by Panther3321 05.23.12 @ 2:19 pm

What I love is that ESPN commentators claim Pitt fans are delusional.

Comment by Lou Gagliardi 05.23.12 @ 2:32 pm

Panther – as long as we talk about PITT football for the 2012 and 2013 seasons we have to keep acknowledging Todd Graham and the negative impact he had on our program.

We’ll see it on the field because he put the kids in a blender and they will have to bounce back from that to have a successful. We’ll see it is our national reputation where, not have had a great one anyway, this situation will be talked about every time any national media mentions either ASU or PITT.

We’ll see in in the recruiting this year also I think. Any kids who were on the fence originally probably jumped off on the other side and Graham has made Paul Chryst’s job just that much harder then it would have been as a new HC.

You know every school within 200 miles is pointing at us and telling the recruits that they will probably have three or four HCs during their time at PITT just like most of the current PITT players have had.

Comment by Reed 05.23.12 @ 2:39 pm

This girl didn’t just dump Pitt but she gave Pitt an STD. If I was Pitt, I’d let other schools know what she has. Tough to move on when crabs stays with you forever.

Comment by TX Panther 05.23.12 @ 3:32 pm

Not disagreeing with your point so to say, but crabs are actually one of the very few std’s that are treatable.

Comment by Gordo 05.23.12 @ 4:41 pm

It takes come cajones to dump on the head of the search committee that just hired you.

Comment by Chuck Morris 05.23.12 @ 4:41 pm

Here’s hoping that Chryst is the perfect remedy.

Comment by TX Panther 05.23.12 @ 4:46 pm

His pants are on fire!!

In my bit of lifetime, I have never met, nor heard of a professional university or business person, that given them hearing the phrase on the other end of the line…

“hey, I know you want me ASAP, but, I really want to talk to my team in the morning and tell them personally that I’m leaving”

wouldn’t have responded with

“of course, absolutely, do what you need to do, when do you think you can get out here?”

He had to get to Arizona State the very next afternoon!! My a**!!!!!!!

Right after Iran or Israel having their finger on the button, Todd Graham going to ASU is the next big important situation!!!!!!

Comment by Dan 05.23.12 @ 6:14 pm

Hell, my 14yr old nieces would know that “ya, sure, he would want to tell his players goodbye, who would stop him from doing that?”

All on you buddy!!!

Comment by Dan 05.23.12 @ 6:19 pm

Remember guys, the AD was thrown under the bus.

Comment by steve1 05.23.12 @ 6:28 pm

Look, why did Pederson hire the guy?
Many of us knew he was trash from day one, so why didn’t the guy who hired him examine him more closely? And don’t forget Heywood/Heygood/Deadwood/whatever. Two Mulligans on one hole?
Please.
Who among us would be allowed to perform like that in our occupations and still have jobs?

Comment by Gas 05.23.12 @ 7:41 pm

Graham who?

Comment by Dr. Tom 05.23.12 @ 7:50 pm

Can we PLEASE stop talking about this loser?

Comment by Tony C 05.23.12 @ 8:53 pm

I’m just glad he’s gone! The guy was an A-hole. Oh……..please excuse me. I shouldn’t have used the past tense. He IS an A-hole. I think we got it right this time with Paul Chryst. Too bad they didn’t hire when they had the chance the 1st or 2nd time around. Oh yes I forgot, our atheletic director is Steve Pederson. Considering that, I guess we’re lucky that they hired the right guy on the 3rd try.

Comment by Justinian 05.23.12 @ 9:05 pm

Wag the dog: Just 12 months ago there were major contributors to this blog who had us believe that Graham would lead us to the Promised Land.

Comment by steve1 05.23.12 @ 9:23 pm

not me i said no slack for tg from day one i said he must win 9 games or he sucked check the old posts

Comment by Frankcan 05.23.12 @ 9:45 pm

No, not you, Frank. You’ve been fair and balanced.

Comment by steve1 05.23.12 @ 9:58 pm

I haven’t been to Pittsburgh since January…when did it become NYC? It’s the most ridiculous puff piece I’ve read in a long time.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 05.23.12 @ 10:20 pm

i have not been fair or balanced i just said no slack for tg from day one and i got raked over the coals for it but i was right he was a loud mouth piss ant

Comment by Frankcan 05.23.12 @ 10:23 pm

OK; you’re fair, but maybe not balanced

Comment by steve1 05.23.12 @ 10:28 pm

steve1 you are a good man

Comment by Frankcan 05.23.12 @ 10:44 pm

@steve1……yes, I was one of the guys that supported him. (not promised land), but certainly had my support for at least 2 if not 3 years, until he got his recruits here.

All college coaches should get at least a year or two with their own ball players imho.

I roundly criticized him on game day decisions (punting from the 34 yd line, time outs a series or two into the game, keeping Sunseri in), but, yes I supported him. Actually, I supported him until the final fiasco stunt that he pulled.

I would have supported him this year too, if he hadn’t pulled that stunt and shown his true colors.

Some of you saw his true colors from the get go. Sure he was a snake oil salesman, who couldn’t tell that, but, he had my support, and probably more than anything, had my HOPE.

Same goes with Coach Chyrst, he has a couple years with me, till he gets his own players.

Most of us seem to be happy with him, myself included, but, his soft sell approach that we all love, could in fact, bomb!! Hopefully he is awesome as Pitt’s head coach.

Comment by Dan 05.23.12 @ 11:49 pm

@Frank, yes you did call consistently with 9 or 10 wins. I argued with you, 7 or 8 would be good!!

We got 6, and an exit for the ages!! LOL!!!

Comment by Dan 05.23.12 @ 11:50 pm

@steve1, besides, college football isn’t your bag tonight.

Venting about it and letting off some steam from something else that happened tonight, I would venture??

Hey, you gotta come back and pick one off in game 6, then the ol’ cliche’, anything can happen in game 7.

Good luck!!

Comment by Dan 05.23.12 @ 11:51 pm

Just institute a ” Fraud” award and bestow it semi annually to the biggest jerk. Create a little statue like the Oscar, make it wide in the middle with that shit eatin’ grin on its face and we will have created a legacy that is legally kosher and morally correct.
Then we never have to discuss the loser again.. Like naming all urinals on campus “Grahams”.

Comment by SFPitt 05.24.12 @ 12:47 am

Pittsburgh: Land Without Pickup Trucks

Comment by tacocat 05.24.12 @ 6:19 am

Dan, we need Lundqvist to be unconscious and instead he was unconscionable.

Oy gavelt.

Comment by steve1 05.24.12 @ 7:25 am

The bottom line is that Graham did us a favor by jumping ship. I’m glad to be rid of the clown now no matter how he did it.

I’m so tired of these overpaid, overglorified coaches like FraudG talking about their job-jumping antics as if they are normal guys living from paycheck to paycheck and worried about paying the mortgage like the rest of us. Give me a frickin’ break. They are millionaires who can not only afford not to work between their “dream” jobs, but can certainly afford for their family to live somewhere else if they don’t like it. It’s not like these guys pay any attention to their wife and kids during the football season anyway. Of course, using the family as a shield is ridiculous anyway, because I guarantee if Notre Dame or Oklahoma came calling, those kids would simply be told to live there and like it because daddy’s job is more important.

Comment by SteveS 05.24.12 @ 9:26 am

i drove a pickup truck during my time in Oakland. I parallel parked it.

Ivan Maisel is an idiot

Comment by crazylegs 05.24.12 @ 9:44 am

Dan,

I was also on board with Graham. We all make mistakes. Good ridance.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 05.24.12 @ 12:58 pm

Chas and Reed please keep the stories of the FraudGraham demise coming as he slowly and surely crashes and burns at ASU due to his own high octane fuel from his own yapper. I enjoy reading about his continual follies as a result of his own narcissism.

Comment by Panther Fan in Hoopieland 05.24.12 @ 3:30 pm

Steve 1 I agreed with you from the beginning for two primary reasons based as much on demographic trends as football styles.

One reason that I thought Graham was a bad selection was his previous coaching crediantials in a non-BCS league (forget yards gain only measure is wins and losses)were medicore,barely above 60%. This indicated his system of football by his record was not overwhelmingly successful.

We thought we could be the reincarnation of Oregon’s turn around. That turn around had less to do with the style of offense than the demograhic boom caused by the IT explosion and sybsequent population explosion in the northwest. There was a rapid influx of affulent people providing top rate school systems and atheletic programs for their children. It is more Sociological than football offensive styles.

Peterson after Haygood felt desperate and lost sight or ignored the fact that Pitt fans (because of our short history of the 70′ and early 80′s) believe the school is a football power. During that time we we inarguably the best football team for 5 straight years.

Further those teams played the type of football that refletcs the style of football Pittsburgher’s pride themselves on as reflected by the Steelers reputation.

In some ways we are to blame as much as Peterson by whipping up a frenzy of what we thought the new winning formula in college football that was causing Pitt to fall short. The spread offense, short passing game, no huddle offense. Number of yards on offense not wins was a quick way to fix the problem. So we got what we wanted.

The flaw of the thinking about the system winning games is that in the end it is always good coaching and excellent atheletses and depth that wins Alabama, LSU, Southern California, as we did in in the 70′ and 80′s.

For the same reason Stanford and Oregon programs have blossomed will never duplicate the 70′s and early 80′s. That was a period before the manufacturing base fled the northeast for cheap labor in Texas, Florida, Goergia, Carolina’s, etc. At the same time black atheletes in the south were now beginning sought after by SEC schools rather than discriminated. After several embarrassments to SEC teams in bowl games (southern black athletes playing in Northeast and Midwest)to teams from the north the Bear said let them come.

Finally our recruiting based was never suited for Fruad’s style which would have been a dismal failure and set the program years behind. We need to be thankful that he immediately saved Peterson’s ass for the moment. Pitt recuiting areas strength is based on big OL and DL and great running backs. It has also produced excellent QB’s since Marino that we have not been successful in recruiting or when we do are not used properly (

I think Chryst is perfect. Maybe he can bring back the 4 horseman; May, Grim, Corbet,Fralic all from our recruiting area. I could run behind that line.

Comment by drw 05.25.12 @ 11:27 am

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