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Pitt staff has heavy West Virginia flavor

Todd Graham was formally introduced as Pittsburgh's head coach on Tuesday afternoon, and he wasted no time in introducing most of his inaugural Panthers staff. It's one that will seem very familiar to another Big East school.

Graham is a former defensive coordinator under Rich Rodriguez at West Virginia, and he is bringing some of his old Mountaineers mates to their Backyard Brawl rival.

Calvin Magee, who spent seven seasons on the West Virginia offensive staff and served as Rodriguez's playcaller at Michigan, will be the Panthers' offensive coordinator. He is joined by Tony Gibson, who played under Rodriguez and served as a defensive assistant for RichRod since 2001. Gibson worked with defensive backs and special teams for the Wolverines.

Graham also announced three former members of his Tulsa staff have moved to Pitt with him. They are:

  • Paul Randolph, who will be the associate head coach/co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach.

  • Keith Patterson, who will reprise his Tulsa role as co-defensive coordinator/ linebackers coach.

  • Mike Norvell, who will be the passing game coordinator and receivers coach.

Graham said he wanted to get a staff in place quickly in order to hit the road for recruiting. Seven coaches can be on the road at the same time, and he now has six, including himself, in place and ready to make a bid to salvage this class in the final three weeks before signing day.