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Todd Graham Told Pitt Players Of Arizona State Hire Via Forwarded Text Message

The things football coaches do when hopping on the carousel and hopping off at a more lucrative job are rarely honorable, and usually leave at least some people left in the coach's wake feeling betrayed and used. Few players will be more justified in that anger than the Pittsburgh players who heard that their coach, Todd Graham, was leaving for Arizona State via a text message Graham sent to his director of football operations to forward to the team.

The text of that text message, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

"I have resigned my position at Pitt in the best interest of my family to pursue the head coaching position at Arizona State," Graham said. "Coaching there has always been a dream of ours and we have family there. The timing of the circumstances have prohibited from telling you this directly. I now am on my way to Tempe to continue those discussions. God Bless. Coach Graham."

The Pitt players who were at the school in 2010 will have had four coaches — Dave Wannstedt, Mike Haywood, Graham, and Graham's successor — in slightly over a year. And Haywood, who was fired after two weeks on the job when he was arrested for domestic abuse, didn't do a thing as callous to his players as let them know he was skipping town through a text message that he wasn't even professional enough to send personally.

No word on if Graham followed up with, "Good luck in the BBVA Compass Bowl, suckers!"