Pitt Hires UW Assistant Chryst As Football Coach

In a Thursday morning press release, Pittsburgh announced that Wisconsin assistant football coach Paul Chryst has agreed to become its head football coach.

Paul Chryst

Chryst will be introduced to the public at a 3pm ET press conference at the Panthers’ practice facility.

Multiple sources also confirmed that Chryst will retain his duties as offensive coordinator of Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, with one source indicating to SbB that will entail Chryst spending “three days in Pasadena.

Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez played a key role in Pitt’s decision to hire Chryst, as a source close to the Pitt program told SbB that the former longtime Badgers football coach convinced longtime friend and influential Pitt booster A.C. Dellovade to champion the Chryst candidacy to other prominent Pitt donors and officials.

Chryst, who is credited for an impressive makeover of the Wisconsin offense dating to 2005, replaces Todd Graham, who coincidentally got the nod over Chryst for the Pitt job last year - before abruptly departing for Arizona State a week ago.

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Panther on ‘Liar’ Graham: ‘I feel like dirt, abused’

In departing for Arizona State today, ex-Pittsburgh football coach Todd Graham chose to inform Panther players of the news via forwarded text message from a Pitt football staffer.

Todd Graham is a liar

As you might expect, such a lack of respect from a now-former coach did not sit well with at least one Pitt football player: Panther receiver Devin Street.

Devin Street eviscerates Todd Graham on Twitter

In a series of Tweets today, Street eviscerated his former coach - and Graham’s wife Penni - with the following entries to his personal Twitter.com account:

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Be careful of those car salesman’s out there
35 minutes ago

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High Octane ! His plan was running on fumes
39 minutes ago

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I wish I would have wrote all the crazy stuff he said throughout the year
1 hour ago

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No class, he’s a quitter, soft, liar, hypocrite.
1 hour ago

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He was a damn diva
1 hour ago

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Here goes Mr. Hollywood img.ly/bvdQ
1 hour ago

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He’s already doing photo shoots for ASU ill tweet it in a second
1 hour ago

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He just lied to all those damn recruits too not even 2 days ago

1 hour ago

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Y’all should have new when he put his face up everywhere instead of the players
1 hour ago

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He’s an actor he did it to rice then us now he’s gonna do it to ASU… That energy is fake he has them fooled
1 hour ago

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He wanna preach so much he needs to read “Thou shall not lie”
1 hour ago

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Another quote he said was ” I don’t care if I get fired I’m a millionaire I can go to the caribbean and be fine” #selfish
1 hour ago

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He look like a star ! But only on Camera !!!
2 hours ago

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What’s AZ State thinking !?
2 hours ago

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Todd Graham can’t break us ! #Pittnation
2 hours ago

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If y’all say we can’t get mad .. Y’all are crazy you grown men out there how would you feel if you been lied to and used
2 hours ago

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I’m literally sick.. That man pulled me in his office one on one and lied to me
3 hours ago

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Hmm Penni (The Liars Wife) twitter magically disappeared
3 hours ago

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pic.twitter.com/HMiKQ6gP The Liar got his Colors on already
3 hours ago

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Just to let yall know he just told us he’s here to stay when Coach McGee left .. Said him and his coaches have 5 year contracts
3 hours ago

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I feel like dirt and I was just abused. For a year
4 hours ago

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Arizona filled with some liars dog
4 hours ago

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He always said most people quit before they achieve something great …. #fraud
5 hours ago

As also noted by Scout.com national recruiting analyst Bob Lichtenfels, Graham’s wife Penni, along with others close to the former Pitt coach, immediately deleted their personal Twitter accounts after the news broke of Graham’s ASU move:

Graham no time to talk to players but Penni Graham, Maria Norvell, Mike Norvell, Bo Graham had time to delete Twitter accounts

Though in the context of Graham’s abrupt departure, Street did impart at least one Tweet that Pitt fans might qualify as good news:

Devin Street is not a quitter

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Hey people who think I’m leaving ! I’m not going no where I’m not no quitter !
2 hours ago

A redshirt sophomore, Street led the team in receiving last season.

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Steinberg Blames ‘Bizarre’ ASU For ‘Yanking’ Deal

In a statement to Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston today, Arizona State Chief Operating Officer Steve Patterson said that the school was no longer pursuing current SMU football coach June Jones for its own football coaching position.

Leigh Steinberg Blames ASU for pulling out of June Jones deal

Patterson: “June Jone is not going to be our coach. The process continues.

In response to Patterson’s announcement the agent of Jones, Leigh Steinberg, posted the following message on his official company blog:

“Just had one of the most bizarre endings to a set of productive discussions to bring a client to a new situation. Everything was set,few tweaks left,and the principal decision maker yanks the deal w no real explanation.”

In the aftermath of the announcements from both sides, multiple sources close to the negotiation told SbB today that the sticking point between the two parties was the $2 million buyout in Jones’ SMU contract.

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Video: Clean Burfict Now Calls For Personal Towel

Vontaze Burfict committed two personal fouls during the ASU-USC game last Saturday. One was for illegal hands to the face during the second quarter of Sparky’s 43-22 win over the Trojans.


The other? Watch for yourself.

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Burfict Incident: 9 Witnesses, Including Erickson!

After Arizona State’s football scrimmage today, Dennis Erickson was asked about my earlier report that ASU linebacker Vontaze Burfict initiated a heated altercation with Arizona State assistant football coach Steve Broussard.

9 people witnessed altercation between Vontaze Burfict and Steve Broussard - including Erickson himself

(8 players witnessed Burfict menacing ASU’s Broussard + Erickson!)

From Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona:

Coach Dennis Erickson called the report: “totally ridiculous.” He added, “I know my team pretty well. There’s no truth to it at all.

Hard to reconcile Erickson’s comments with what I know to be an indisputable fact: Burfict initiated an altercation early last season with Arizona State wide receivers coach Steve Broussard in which Burfict repeatedly threatened Broussard with physical harm.

More specifically, the altercation took place during a non-contact, 11-on-11 drill at an Arizona State practice.

During a drill in which coaches forbade tackling, Burfict delivered a late, vicious hit to an ASU receiver as the receiver ran a route over the middle.

After Burfict cheap-shotted his unsuspecting Arizona State teammate, ASU wide receivers coach Broussard loudly cautioned Burfict. Following Broussard’s warning, Burfict verbally threatened Broussard with physical violence and immediately stepped to the coach.


Eventually the two squared off in an ugly verbal confrontation before Arizona State players separated the two.
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Burfict ‘Waited’ For Teammate, Threw First Punch

Sunday afternoon I reported that Arizona State star linebacker Vontaze Burfict initiated an attack Sun Devil wide receiver Kevin Ozier in the ASU locker room after practice on Wednesday.

Sunday evening Arizona State Sports Information Director Mark Brand confirmed to KTAR-AM in Phoenix that the SbB-reported altercation between Burfict and Ozier took place:

Star Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict was involved in a locker room fight on Wednesday, ASU confirmed.

According to Associate Athletic Director Mark Brand, there was a scuffle on the field that carried over into the locker room.

ASU spokesman Brand was also quoted in ARIZONA REPUBLIC reporter Doug Haller’s story about the incident, which provided an especially troubling detail of how Burfict launched a premeditated, physical assault on a teammate he outweighed by 50 pounds:

According to a source, Burfict waited for Ozier in the locker room. He threw a punch, Ozier threw a punch and the fight was broken up.

KTAR-AM also reported, “Head coach Dennis Erickson was aware of the assault,” while Republic report Haller noted Sunday night that, “Coach Dennis Erickson was not available for comment.

Four days after Burfict’s now-confirmed assault, Erickson said this about his star player:

“He’s (Burfict) been a leader all winter and spring and summer. .. So far in the five practices we’ve had he’s been a leader out there. .. He’s matured a heckuva lot, he really has.”


“I’m really proud of how he’s matured, I’m really proud of where he’s at.”

Could that be why “Coach Dennis Erickson was not available for comment” on the matter Sunday night?

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Erickson Hiding ASU Star’s Locker Room Assault

Arizona State’s football team, led by head coach Dennis Erickson, held its annual preseason media day on Saturday.

Dennis Erickson Vontaze Burfict Kevin Ozier

(Erickson on Burfict after attack: “I’m really proud of how he’s matured.”)

Not surprisingly, Erickson was asked during his question-and-answer session to give his thoughts about the highest profile player on the squad: star linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

In his remarks about Burfict, a pre-season national player of the year of THE SPORTING NEWS, Erickson touted the Arizona State linebacker’s progress as an emerging team leader who has “matured a lot“:

“He’s (Burfict) been a leader all winter and spring and summer. .. So far in the five practices we’ve had he’s been a leader out there. .. He’s matured a heckuva lot, he really has.”

“I’m really proud of how he’s matured, I’m really proud of where he’s at.”

Along with Erickson, Arizona State wide receiver Aaron Pflugrad, offensive lineman Bo Moos, linebacker Brandon Magee, kicker Alex Garoutte and safety Eddie Elder were all in attendance to take questions from the media on Saturday.

Burfict? Absent.


Why? The events inside the Arizona State locker room last Wednesday. Read more…

Poll: Enter Your Preference From Selections Below

What is the title of this recently-produced online video? (above)

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A hint:

Arizona State Mascot Sparky

(Yes, that is a real ticket from this past season. Regrettably.)

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Arizona State Players Not Big Fans Of Film Study

This week Arizona State football coach Dennis Erickson announced that freshmen football players Lee Adams and Jamil Douglas have been suspended indefinitely from the team after being arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary.

The incident took place on Oct. 8 and according to the Arizona State Police Department report, the football players were observed on surveillance video stealing two laptop computers and video-game equipment from a dorm room.

Adams has played in one game this season while Douglas is redshirting.

AZFamily.com added details of the crime caught on tape:
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Video: ASU Player Has LeGarrette Blount Moment

I’ve located some shocking, amateur cellphone video of an Arizona State football player landing a LeGarrette Blount-like punch on a University of Arizona football player after the two teams met last Saturday.

Vontaze Burfict punches Ricky Wolder after Arizona State vs. Arizona game

(Video was pulled off Youtube, but animation still shows what happened)

After Alex Zendejas kicked a last-second field goal to give the Wildcats the 20-17 win over the Sun Devils, players from both teams streamed together at midfield, and that’s when it got ugly.

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