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Harris reaches out to Graham after Buffalo game


Former Pitt coach Walt Harris still stays in touch with the Pitt football program, occasionally attending practices and university functions.

After Pitt’s underwhelming victory against Buffalo, Harris said he sent an encouraging text message to coach Todd Graham, telling him, “You did the one thing you have to do and that’s win the game.”

Harris, who came to Pitt in 1997 and turned around a losing program, said the problems the Panthers experienced in the game are correctable for a basic reason.

“It’s a lot easier to make corrections when you win than when you don’t,” he said.

“It’s a first-year program. They have a lot of things happening. Even though the players are responding, it still takes time to integrate the discipline.”

Harris knows a little bit about rebuilding a program.

Pitt had only one winning season in the 1990s before Harris arrived. He was 52-44 in eight seasons and took the Panthers to the school’s only major bowl appearance in two decades at the end of his final season (2004).



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