ESPN analyst Mark May says Todd Graham lobbied for the Texas Longhorns job, Graham fires back

Dec 30, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils coach Todd Graham reacts during the 2013 Holiday Bowl against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Texas Tech defeated Arizona State 37-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

When the Texas Longhorns head coaching position officially opened up, there were a lot of names thrown around as to who would take the reins in Austin, but none made more sense than that of Arizona State head coach Todd Graham.

Now, don’t misunderstand me. I say Graham’s named being mentioned made the most sense not because he was the right fit for the job. No, it made sense because the man like to switch jobs like an NBA athlete likes to drive a different car on a daily basis.

Remember, everything is his “Dream Job,” and Texas is the ultimate dream for any head coach.


As we all know now, the job ended up going to Louisville’s Charlie Strong, with Graham reportedly having no interest in moving to Austin.

Well, according to former Pitt standout and current ESPN college football analyst Mark May, that wasn’t the case.

“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.’ ”

That was a quote from May recently on an ESPN Radio station.

Also recently, Graham fired back at the accusations.

“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.”

Now, we’re dealing to two characters in May and Graham fighting with one another that, let’s be honest, are the two most popular people in the world, so you’re going to have to decide whom you believe in this instance.

Good luck, because I haven’t chosen yet.

[h/t Cardiac Hill]

Topics: Football, Mark May, Todd Graham

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