As CBSSports.com reports, Todd Graham has left an ugly wake from his Pitt departure:
“Obviously this is not the way we would have expected Mr. Graham to handle any possible departure,” Pitt executive vice chancellor and general counsel Jerry Cochran said in the statement. “Beyond normal expectations with respect to professional conduct, he has failed to comply with the terms of his contract.”
The statement also says that Graham asked for permission to speak to another institution on Tuesday night and was denied permission by the school. He then resigned from his position and was named the head coach at Arizona State on Wednesday.
I don’t believe in karma, but I do believe in reaping what you sow and Graham has been sowing some bitter seeds lately. With his treatment of Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri and this exit strategy, Graham may be setting himself up to reap one heckuva harvest at Arizona State. One possibly of Franchione proportions.
Oh, and speaking of the Graham-Sunseri situation, this kind of vindicates former Pitt boss Dave Wannstedt to some degree. Some had criticized Wannstedt for wandering into spat and giving his opinion.
The Graham-to-Arizona-State move could also have a ripple effect at Alabama if the Pathers come calling Tide assistant Sal Sunseri, who is Tino’s dad and a former Pitt All-American.