Former Pitt player Mark May and ex-Pitt coach Todd Graham are feuding

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Been meaning to get to this for a while now but running late on it.

So, a few weeks ago, the Texas job opened up and I theorized about how great it would be to see former Pitt coach try to bust his way out of Arizona State to try to land it, despite the agreement that existed between current Texas VP of athletics (and former ASU VP of athletics) Steve Patterson and Arizona State saying that he wouldn't poach any Sun Devils coaches.

Former Pitt standout and current ESPN analyst Mark May, though, dropped a bit of a bombshell reportedly saying that Graham tried to get out of his deal, anyway:

Todd Graham heard about it. The Arizona Sports 620 radio comments from ESPN analyst Mark May about him privately "lobbying like heck" to try to get the recently open Texas job.

"I heard it from not one, but two of our reporters at ESPN that he was lobbying to get that job," May said this month. " … It was another one of his ‘dream jobs.’ "

Graham didn't respond to the allegation, only offering some pretty canned language about wanting to build Arizona State's program. To his credit, though, he did say he hasn't pursued anything out of the program:

“I’m here. I want to build a top-five program in America. That’s why I’m here. Through all this stuff, it really is irritating to me, because you can say whatever you want to say whether it’s true or not true. I have said over and over again my commitment is to this program. I haven’t pursued or entertained anything outside this program.”

I'm not saying that May is making this up, but as a proud Pitt alum, he's clearly irked by Graham and it's understandable that he'd have bad feelings towards him. But there's really nowhere to go from here since May isn't likely going to offer up his ESPN sources and unless someone else steps forward to call out Graham on this, we're stuck in he said/he said mode.

Be sure to join Cardiac Hill's Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @PittPantherBlog for our regular updates on Pitt athletics. Follow the author and manager/editor of Cardiac Hill @AnsonWhaley

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Cardiac Hill

You must be a member of Cardiac Hill to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cardiac Hill. You should read them.

Join Cardiac Hill

You must be a member of Cardiac Hill to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cardiac Hill. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker