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Report: Todd Graham ineligible for any potential job openings at Texas

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As soon as the news started to spread Tuesday that Texas has hired Arizona State AD Steve Patterson for the same job in Austin, jokes about Todd Graham‘s next coaching gig were just as quick to follow by witty folks on Twitter. The jokes came easily given Graham’s track record and multiple stops in his coaching career, but he seems to have settled in at Arizona State.

It turns out Patterson will not be allowed to hire anybody currently employed by Arizona State though, according to Arizona State’s president Michael Crow.

Crow, who confirmed the news and released a statement Tuesday, said he allowed Patterson to explore the opportunity to leave ASU for Texas but had at least one requirement.

“For him to be hired by Texas (specifically), I had to give permission for that,” Crow said in a report by The Arizona Republic. “As a function of our agreement, he’s not allowed to hire someone from ASU.”

So forget all of those Graham to Texas jokes. If Patterson decides to head in a new direction with the Longhorns football program after this season, Graham will be off the table. Of course, the biggest question is what will happen to the Texas football program moving forward. With the Longhorns currently undefeated in Big 12 play, Texas is in position to clinch a Big 12 championship and reach a BCS bowl game as a result under current head coach Mack Brown. Doing just that would be pretty incredible given how the Longhorns were pretty much left in the rubble early on in the season.

Would Brown go out on top and hand the program over to someone else? Will Patterson take control and force Brown out as head coach? Will the two reach a mutual decision on how to handle any potential transition? We will just have to wait to find out.

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8 Responses to “Report: Todd Graham ineligible for any potential job openings at Texas”
  1. don2074978 says: Nov 5, 2013 7:08 PM

    I thought it was in every UT Longhorns Coaches contract that if you beat the OU Sooners you were guaranteed to keep your job another year… even if you go 1-11.

  2. normtide says: Nov 5, 2013 7:24 PM

    Excited to see how things play out. Brown may save his job, and I don’t see him stepping down in his own. The only chance would be if he won a BCS bowl game to end his tenure.

  3. Bo Darville says: Nov 5, 2013 10:18 PM

    You think some sort of contractual agreement can stop Todd Graham from prematurely leaving a job?

  4. whitdog23 says: Nov 6, 2013 1:07 AM

    Bo, you’re a poor reader. that’s NOT what the article said.

  5. jimbo75025 says: Nov 6, 2013 2:13 AM

    So Graham resigns from ASU to accept the HC position at Upper Pallookaville State. Works that job for about a day and then “decides” in the interests of his family to accept the Texas job.

    Face it, if a coach wants to leave then no point in making him stay as can do more harm than good.

  6. wvucolumbus says: Nov 6, 2013 7:44 AM

    Texas is THE best job in the country. Todd Graham is not, and will never be, qualified for that position.

    That’s a big boy position.

  7. 06bobcat says: Nov 6, 2013 12:47 PM

    nobody from TEXAS wants anybody from az state

  8. normtide says: Nov 6, 2013 12:49 PM

    Except their AD?

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