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Pitt Football: 5 reasons to be excited for 2011

Pitt opens training camp; their first under head coach Todd Graham

Calvin Magee, who has worked with some of college football's most explosive offensive performers over the past decade, enters his first season as Pitt's assistant head coach, co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach.

Magee comes to Pittsburgh after spending the past three years as associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Michigan. The 2010 Wolverines featured one of the nation's most dynamic offensive talents in quarterback Denard Robinson, who ranked second nationally in total offense (328.62 yards/game) and was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.

Robinson finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting last year and became the first player in NCAA history to throw for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,500 in a single season. He finished with 2,570 passing yards and set an NCAA single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 1,702.

As a unit, Michigan led the Big Ten and ranked eighth nationally in total offense with an average of 488.69 yards per game.

Prior to Michigan, Magee spent seven seasons as the running backs coach at West Virginia (2001-07), where he produced an All-Big East performer each year of his tenure. He added offensive coordinator duties his final three seasons and was named assistant head coach in 2007.

Magee's first-team All-Big East running backs included Steve Slaton, Quincy Wilson and Avon Cobourne, the Mountaineers' all-time leading rusher with 5,164 yards. Slaton, now an NFL standout with the Houston Texans, was a 2006 first team All-American and finalist for the Doak Walker Award, annually presented to the country's top running back. His 1,744 rushing yards in '06 set a West Virginia record.

The Mountaineers won or shared four Big East titles during Magee's time in Morgantown and captured BCS bowl victories following the 2005 (Sugar Bowl) and 2007 (Fiesta Bowl) seasons.

Prior to West Virginia, Magee spent five seasons at South Florida (1996-2000) and was a member of USF's inaugural staff in '96. He coached the Bulls' tight ends his first season before shifting his positional focus to running backs his final four years. Magee was USF's run game coordinator in 1999 and 2000.

Magee broke into the coaching ranks after playing professionally in the National Football League. He was a four-year starter at tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1985-88) and finished his career with the Houston Oilers in 1989. Magee led the Bucs in receptions (45), receiving yards (564) and receiving touchdowns (5) during the 1986 season and was a Pro Bowl alternate in 1987.

Magee is one of the greatest players in Southern University history. He was a three-time All-America tight end, earning first-team honors in 1983 and 1984. Magee led the Jaguars in receptions each of his four seasons (1981-84) and was the Most Valuable Player of the 1985 Freedom Bowl. In 2000 he was inducted into the Southern University Hall of Fame.

Magee and his wife Rosie have two daughters, Jade and Jasmine, and one son, Bryson. Magee earned his bachelor's degree from USF in 1990.


Born: April 23, 1963

Hometown: New Orleans, La.

Alma Mater: USF, 1990

Family: Magee and his wife Rosie have two daughters, Jade and Jasmine, and one son, Bryson.



USF, 1996, tight ends; 1997-2000, running backs; 1999-2000, run game coordinator.

West Virginia, 2001-07, running backs; 2005-07, offensive coordinator; 2007, assistant head coach.

Michigan, 2007-10, associate head coach & offensive coordinator.

Pittsburgh, 2011, assistant head coach, co-offensive coordinator, running backs.


2002, Continental Tire Bowl (West Virginia)

2003, Gator Bowl (West Virginia)

2004, Gator Bowl (West Virginia)

2005, Sugar Bowl (West Virginia)

2006, Gator Bowl (West Virginia)

2007, Fiesta Bowl (West Virginia)

Calvin Magee

Calvin  Magee

New Orleans, La.

Asst. Head Coach, Co-Offensive Coord., Running Backs

Alma Mater:
USF, 1990

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