Here is just an initial list and is by no means all of them. Here are just names that Pitt may consider. I just wanted to get some names out there and I will pair it down, and add some in the near future when I have more time to think about it.
Paul Rhoads, Iowa State head coach, 44 years old- Was the defensive coordinator at Pitt from 2000-2007. Currently making just over 1.1 million while Pitt would be offering about 2 million. The downside, he's already in his home state, he reportedly told Pitt he wasn't interested the last time, and he knows what it's like at Pitt. That may not be a good thing.
Mario Cristobal, Florida International head coach, 41 years old- One of the fastest rising head coaches in the country. Took five years to turn FIU around but this is FIU. The Miami native has spent almost all of career in Florida which is good for recruiting, but he may want to stay in the south. He can also afford to wait for the right spot.
Chad Morris, Clemson offensive coordinator, 43 years old- Yes, he was Graham's right hand man at Tulsa for one year, but that doesn't necessarily mean he's a scumbag, too. The bright side he is an even better offensive mind than Graham and he could keep this class together. He's also the highest paid coordinator in the country so he doesn't need to be a head coach right away, though his salary could almost double as the Pitt head coach.
Mark Stoops, Florida State defensive coordinator, 44 years old- It's only a matter of time before this guy gets a head coach job. His brother Bob is the head coach at Oklahoma and his brother Mike had some good years as head coach at Arizona. He's a Youngstown, OH native and he is a defensive wizard. Auburn just offered him over 1 million dollars to be their defensive coordinator.
Bronco Mendenhall, Brigham Young head coach, 45 year old- He was one of my personal favorites last time and he remains so. I think he could do a great job at Pitt. He played at Oregon State and has been in the west the entire time so that could be a problem. He is 65-24 at BYU. He makes about half of what he would make at Pitt but he recently railed against the high salaries of SEC coaches. He's also a Mormon so he may not want to leave BYU.
Ron English, Eastern Michigan head coach, 43 years old- Don't be fooled by his 8-28 record, it's impossible to win at Eastern Michigan and he ended up 6-6 this season, which is pretty much a miracle. Prior to Eastern Michigan he was the defensive coordinator at Michigan. He's considered one of the best young coaches in the country.
Sonny Dykes, Louisiana Tech head coach, 42 years old- One of the youngest head coaches in the country and went 8-4 on his way to a WAC championship in this, his second season. Son of legendary Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes, and was an offensive coordinator under Mike Leach, Mike Stoops, and Hal Mumme. Played baseball in college, but not football. And added bonus is that his offensive coordinator is spread guru Tony Franklin.
June Jones, SMU head coach, 58 years old- Yeah, he's older but he's had great success at Hawaii and he's considered a very good coach. At SMU he has only been 23-28 and has yet to break out, but he was almost hired by Arizona State before they quickly changed their mind. The best thing about him is that Pitt could hire him and he could coach them against SMU in the whatever bowl in January.
Mike London, Virginia head coach, 51 years old- I don't see it happening, though he has quietly become one of the best coaches in the country. He makes 1.7 million at Virginia and that's not a poor school so I don't see Pitt outbidding them for his services.
Dave Doeren, Northern Illinois head coach, 40 years old- An up and comer who went 10-3 in his first year at Northern Illinois. This was after being the defensive coordinator at Wisconsin. He's young, passionate, and talented. He's not a sexy pick but he's going to be a big time coach at a major program soon.
Dave Christensen, Wyoming head coach, 50 years old- In his third year at Wyoming he turned the program around with an 8-4 record. This is after coming from Missouri where as an offensive coordinator, the Tigers had one of the best offenses in the country.
Butch Jones, Cincinnati head coach, 43 years old- A big time coach who was excellent at both Central Michigan and Cincinnati. He makes around 1.4 million at Cincinnati and Graham was making 2 million. Even if Cincinnati could match that would you rather coach in the Big East or the ACC? Plus, it would be great to make the Big East angry one more time. I don't see it happening but it would make everything okay again.
Paul Chryst, Wisconsin offensive coordinator, 46 years old- Played at Wisconsin but with Bret Bielema the head coach he will have to leave to be a head coach. And he's been desperate to find one. The question is, can he do at Pitt what he can do at Wisconsin? That's one of the few places where you can have big cornfed linemen and just run behind them 50 times a game.
Manny Diaz, Texas defensive coordinator, 37 years old- A future star who did a great job in his first year at Texas after also doing a great job at Mississippi State. The Florida native is excitable and passionate. He will be a great coach someday and Pitt will not be able to get him then. Even though he's still relatively inexperienced they should consider him now while they still can.
Mark Helfrich, Oregon offensive coordinator, 33 years old- Probably way too young for Pitt to consider but other major programs did consider him this season. Obviously as the offensive coordinator for the Ducks he's a rising star. He also coached at Boise State and Arizona State.
Brent Venables, Oklahoma defensive coordinator, 40 years old- It seems like every year the college football world wonders if this will be the year that Venables leaves to be a great head coach and he still hasn't made the jump. Of course that means he's picky and he probably won't want to come to Pitt.
Bud Foster, Virginia Tech defensive coordinator, 52 years old- Another guy who everybody's been waiting to become a great head coach, but that never leaves. Maybe this is the time and he can stay in the ACC, too.
Justin Wilcox, Tennessee defensive coordinator, 35 years old- Another young and up and comer who did a great job as defensive coordinator at Boise State, too.
Pat Narduzzi, Michigan State defensive coordinator, 45 years old- He's been Mark Dantonio's right hand man at Cincinnati and now Michigan State, and he's a huge part of why the head coach is so successful. Will eventually be a head coach somewhere.
Todd Monken, Oklahoma State offensive coordinator, 45 years old- A fiery and passionate offensive mind without the presumed drinking problems. Has been courted by a lot of schools in the past month and should be snapped up soon.