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Pitt co-OC resigns before bowl game; QB coach to get play-calling duties


At this rate, Pitt will be playing in the BBVA Compass Bowl with two coaches on the sidelines.

Just one day after head coach Todd Graham texted his team “L8er h8trz LOL!“* on his way to Arizona State, the Panthers learned they will now be without one of their offensive coordinators for the bowl game as well.

(*actually, Graham sent a statement to his director of football operations. Who then texted his players. But who cares?) 

Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tweets that co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Mike Norvell has resigned. Norvell will likely join Graham at ASU. The Panthers other offensive coordinator, Calvin Magee, joined Rich Rodriguez‘s staff at Arizona earlier this month.

The play calling duties for the Panthers now likely rest on quarterbacks coach and former North Texas head coach Todd Dodge. Dodge, who won just six games at UNT in a little over three seasons, is in his first year with Pitt.

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7 Responses to “Pitt co-OC resigns before bowl game; QB coach to get play-calling duties”
  1. vincentbojackson says: Dec 15, 2011 11:26 PM

    Don’t know Graham, but judging by his past, this a-hole move was not out of character.

    Congrats on a great hire ASU, wonder what job he’ll bolt for next year.

  2. tsimpson50 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:21 AM

    The NCAA needs to address these coach flip flopping before the season is over. I understand that it’s part of business, but if a student athlete wants to transfer it costs him a year and potential scholarship money, when a coach does it, it’s ok. It’s ok for a coach to dictate whether or not an athlete will be released from his scholarship and can even give a list of schools that they cannot attend. Plain wrong. Imagine we could come up with a list of penalties or stipulations that a school should have to do if they take a coach currently under contract. Also, for coaches that go after players who have already committed? Again wrong.

  3. speedy138 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:35 AM

    i agree. what about the players? coaches kick players off the team for not being committed but they are taking calls from other schools behind their backs. so we just overlook that?

  4. killerstiller says: Dec 16, 2011 7:43 AM

    I never rooted for Rich Rod before……….but!

  5. mrslay1 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:30 PM

    It’s funny to me how fans that don’t support their coach, the schools don’t support them of coarse unless they win all their games. But of coarse this is supposed a one-way street. Pitt is a loser and didn’t do Wanstant Right. Coaches have a right to look out for themselfs, since nobody else does! And fans that tell them what they should do, should clean out their own house instead of judging what you know NOTHING about.

  6. halo81 says: Dec 16, 2011 3:00 PM

    A silver lining for those who feel bad for the Pittsburgh players…


    They HATED Graham. I received text messages from at least 10 players on the team within 5 minutes of Pederson telling them he was leaving telling me the “A-hole” was gone and other great comments.

    That team was full of kids who had transferred, were going to transfer and wanted to transfer. It was a wreck under Graham.

    As for Graham, he’s a tool of massive proportion. I’m not a Pitt fan, but I’m glad they got rid of him.

    Now it’s time to find coach number four in a year.

  7. neverwas1 says: Dec 17, 2011 12:17 PM

    Halo81 has been posting that same smear job all over the place….i think we need to schedule some group hugs for some pitt and au fans. I am sorry he hurt your feelings, i am sorry he is putting together a good staff, sorry that Mazzone might stay at ASU now instead of going to ucla, sorry our recruits are not leaving and a couple of pitts are now going to asu. ..but this is not D II volleyball, big time football is what it is..
    The guy did not like it at pitt. His wife hated it and he moved his family to a place they wanted to go and he did not get a raise. He should not have written that letter and the pitt admin should not have texted it forward, both big mistakes that they are paying for now. But if he is as bad as everybody says, pitt fan’s second favorite team should be asu for taking him off your hands..

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