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Pitt Football Coaching Search: Pitt Makes It Official With University Press Release

AOL Fanhouse (among many others) reports that Pitt has issued a statement, confirming that Todd Graham has been hired as the new head coach of the Panthers.

"We are thrilled that Todd Graham has agreed to become the head football coach at the University of Pittsburgh," said Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson in a statement. "His innovative, creative and energized approach to football makes him an exciting leader for our program. He has a proven track record of success at all levels of football and his wealth of experience on both sides of the ball gives him a unique set of credentials."

There was some concern that Graham may be postponing his decision because of a potential opening at LSU (should Les Miles accept a job at Michigan tomorrow). However, Graham seems excited and ready to begin at Pitt.

"My family and I are honored to join such a prestigious university and rich football tradition like the University of Pittsburgh," Graham said in a statement. "Pittsburgh is a tremendous football city with great fans. We will work diligently every day to earn their respect and build a program that competes for and wins championships. I'm also excited to return to the Big East, a conference that plays tremendous football."

Graham certainly has his hands full; the once full recruiting class has slipped since the resignation of Dave Wannstedt and National Letter of Intent Day is less than a month away. Welcome to Pittsburgh, Todd!

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