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First-year head coach Paul Chryst earned a lot of fans at his first conference media day with his humble demeanor and obvious love for teaching the game. Those of us who have the privilege of working closely with him see yet another side, including a sharp sense of humor and genuine attentiveness to those he comes in contact with. Word of Chryst around Newport is spreading fast.

"He seems like the kind of guy that Pitt needs ," said ESPN.com senior writer Ivan Maisel.

"Paul is extremely comfortable in his own skin," Maisel continued. "I think that radiates off of him and it is that comfort level and self-confidence that I would assume a team that has been though this (coaching transition) needs."

Pitt players in attendance at Big East media day agree that Chryst is exactly what the Panthers need.

"He's a great guy," said junior defensive tackle Aaron Donald. "Just being around him, I enjoy him a lot. He's a funny guy but when it comes down to it he's all business. He really is such a great guy."

"He has such a good personality," said senior running back Ray Graham. "He always has jokes for us. You always get a good laugh from him. But what's also important is that he's very reasonable and understanding."

Pitt fans are going to have plenty of opportunities to get to know Coach Chryst, and his humor, early this season as we follow him and the Panthers through training camp on Pitt Live Wire.

Senior running back Ray Graham took some time at Big East media day to interview his brother, Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene. In addition to their personal relationship, the duo is in the unique position of earning preseason accolades as the offensive and defensive players of the year respectively. They discuss their trip to Newport and the impending meeting between the Scarlet Knights and the Panthers.

Members of the Pitt football team traveled this week to Newport, R.I., for the annual Big East Media Day festivities.

Although this is Pitt's final Big East season before it begins Atlantic Coast Conference play in 2013, the Panthers are squarely focused on one thing this fall.

"The goal is always to win the Big East," senior tailback Ray Graham said. "That hasn't changed, but you've got to work hard as a team to make your goals a reality. Our first focus will be having a great training camp and then we'll take it week-by-week, one game at a time."

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The clambake at the Big East Media Day in Newport, R.I., is always a highlight. Ray Graham captured the unveiling of the lobster and clams after the steaming process on Monday night as a part of "RG TV."

As the Pitt football team heads to Big East Media Day on Monday, Ray Graham hosts "RG TV" as he interviews fellow teammates Aaron Donald and Jarred Holley on the trip to Newport, R.I. Let's hope as the trip goes on Ray's video skills improve!


Former Pitt fullback Henry Hynoski is entering his second season as a fullback for the Super Bowl champion New York Giants. Henry took some time during training camp to speak with "Pitt Live Wire" about his whirlwind rookie year, the excitement of winning a Super Bowl and his life off the field.

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