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Arizona State football coach Todd Graham (left) talks with Alden Darby during practice April 17, 2012, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP)
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, 8:54 p.m.

• Former Pitt coach Todd Graham criticized the university Wednesday, claiming issues with people "unhappy with things in the administration" helped lead to his departure to Arizona State. Graham, who said coaching the team was "a struggle," made the remarks in a seven-part series entitled, "In My Own Words - Todd Graham." The program appears on and will air on TV in Arizona beginning Aug. 25. "There are a lot more problems there than just me," he said. "I wasn't comfortable in the area recruiting. I made a bad decision. When I got there, I didn't realize the issues that were there." He did not elaborate. Asked to respond, Pitt senior associate athletic director/media relations E.J. Borghetti said, "Todd Graham's credibility problems are well documented. Further comment on that subject would be simply piling on."

• Pitt lost another offensive lineman. Coach Paul Chryst said redshirt sophomore tackle Tom Ricketts, who played at North Allegheny, will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder. Ricketts, who was eligible this season for the first time after transferring from Penn State, injured the shoulder on the first day of practice Monday. Freshman Adam Bisnowaty of Fox Chapel is now the No. 1 backup at offensive left tackle.

• Running back Ray Graham, outside linebacker Todd Thomas and freshman receiver Demitrious Davis were given the day off to rest injuries. Speaking of Graham, who ran well Tuesday and did not suffer a setback in his recovery from knee surgery, Chryst said, "This is a process that is long. You have a guy who is just coming out. We are going to be smart in how we approach this thing."

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