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Pittsburgh hires Todd Graham as head coach

Pittsburgh has hired Todd Graham as its next head coach. Graham will be introduced at a press conference later on Tuesday.

The announcement was made on Monday.

Graham leaves Tulsa, where he had great success in just four years. Under Graham, Tulsa had three 10-win seasons and won three bowl games. The Golden Hurricanes were 36-17 during Graham's tenure. Graham was also the head coach at Rice in 2006, leading the Owls to their first bowl game in 45 years. Graham has Big East ties, having been an assistant at West Virginia earlier in his career.

The Graham hiring ends an unstable month for the Panthers and their football program. Pittsburgh initially hired former Miami (Ohio) head coach Michael Haywood to replace Dave Wannstedt in the middle of December. Haywood, however, was fired earlier this month after his arrest on charges of domestic violence.

"Pittsburgh is a tremendous football city with great fans," Graham said in a statement. "We will work diligently every day to earn their respect and build a program that competes for and wins championships."

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