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Todd Graham Leaves Pitt: Players Continue To React

The Pitt football team is reeling early this afternoon with news that coach Todd Graham has accepted the head coaching position at Arizona State, replacing the fired Dennis Erickson.

With the Panthers now set to begin their third head coaching search in just over a year, players continue to react in comments to reporters and posted on their Twitter pages.

ESPN's Joe Schad:

One Pitt player said: "I was told to check my phone and I said 'Wow' I couldn't believe it was real. I was shocked."
Dec 14 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply

 

Wide receiver Cam Saddler.

I stop pulling that rope months ago, and thinkin about that pitt way and I knew there was a reason why I just wasn't sure!
Dec 14 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply

 

Wide receiver Mike Shanahan.

Mike_Shan87Michael Shanahan
B_Walsh2Brian Walsh
in reply to @B_Walsh2

@B_Walsh2 who knows all he talked about was how much money he had he probably got more money
Dec 14 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply

 

Needless to say, the players are pretty fired up. Not only has administration fired Dave Wannstedt, a coach many current Panthers played under, but also hired Mike Haywood and Todd Graham, both of whom left the program in one form or another in less than a year. It's hard to imagine how they're feeling in the middle of all of this news.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.