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July 28, 2011

Seems reasonable enough.

Pitt coach Todd Graham said today redshirt freshman quarterback Anthony Gonzalez will be suspended for the first two games of the season against Buffalo and Maine for violation of team rules.

Gonzalez, 20, was cited earlier this year in his hometown of Bethlehem on charges of possessing a small amount of marijuana and fake identification, and underage drinking.

Gonzalez will be permitted to practice with the team when training camp opens Aug. 8 …

While participating in preseason camp, Gonzalez will be subject to “internal accountability,” Graham said.

“A championship program has to be built on accountability and discipline, on and off the field,” Graham said. “We know Anthony will learn from this experience and be better for it moving forward.”

I have no problem with this suspension. I’ve said before that I don’t consider this a huge offense — except for the timing.

Otherwise, the article confirms that Brandon Sacco has left Pitt — reasons not given.





Also mentions Pitt has a new walk-on QB from Texas who was diverted from attending Tyler Junior College.

Comment by pitt1972 07.28.11 @ 9:26 am

covered that in the post below, Pitt1972

Comment by Chas 07.28.11 @ 9:43 am

Trib reporting that Voytik has committed.

link to pittsburghlive.com

Comment by Rob 07.28.11 @ 10:33 am

Pitt Trib is reporting Voytik gave verbal commitment to PITT.

Comment by Steve 07.28.11 @ 10:34 am

So it seems that this is the “same old same old” with this Pitt coach as the last — the punishment depends on how important the player is to the team!

Comment by Bert 07.28.11 @ 12:30 pm

Being stupid enough to get caught with weed is a standard 2 game suspension regardless of player importance or position. 2 games is very fair and for it to be addressed right away. Wanny probably would have internally disciplined him with no game suspension. I don’t see the ‘same old’ with Graham. He’s not trying to be their ‘friend’ or doing his best to highlight their talents for the NFL.

Comment by TX Panther 07.28.11 @ 12:57 pm

1st offense and honestly, who really cares about this…….seriously.

That being said 2 games seems fair and send him to classes about the evils of drugs

Comment by BnG 07.28.11 @ 1:53 pm

Ha! Right on, Bert. My words exactly.

Comment by steve 07.28.11 @ 2:16 pm

2 games seems vey fair to me considering her is a back-up and playing N Hampshire & Buffalo

Comment by wbb 07.28.11 @ 7:29 pm

Sorry, but if “accountability” is really important then a 2 game suspension seems a bit like a slap on the wrist to me for an infraction for possession of mary jane, a false ID and under age drinking. Far be it for me to cast the 1st stone, if you know what I mean, BUTTT…if the coach talks the talk about self discipline, etc then doesn’t back it up when somebody calls his bluff on it by screwing up, then the talk kind of gets watered down when it isn’t backed up with serious reprecussions. Wasn’t this what so many on this blog were condeming Wannstedt about just last seson when the team conduct was spinning out of control? Take it for what it’s worth, I’m just saying……

Comment by Dr. Tom 07.28.11 @ 9:38 pm

Dr. Tom — my point exactly!

Comment by Bert 07.29.11 @ 8:24 am

First off a two game suspension is warranted. It sends a clear message that these infractions are going to be dealt with quickly.

This isn’t failing a drug test where the results have to remain private. This was a possession case and it was handled publicly which is correct IMO.

The reality of this is that if Gonzalez ends camp as the #2 QB he won’t get any snaps if we start blowing out those first two opponents. And it may make Graham look at the QB depth chart differently then he has been going into camp. Maybe a kid who is on thin ice isn’t QB2 material.

It is a big difference than what transpired under Wannstedt. There was no violence attached to this incident – where as we had one last season where the player didn’t miss a minute of playing time. That was ‘depth chart justice’. But I get the feeling that Graham’s discipline administered in this case would have been the same if the player was a starter or a 4th string kid.

Comment by Reed 07.29.11 @ 8:59 am

Wanny would not have suspended the kid. That’s the point. Graham did something and backed up his talk. How did Wanny handle the Sheard incident last year…internal discipline and no suspension. That was a crock.

Comment by TX Panther 07.29.11 @ 10:29 am

From Pittsburgh-Tribune Review, July 19, 2010:
“Pitt senior starting defensive end Jabaal Sheard was SUSPENDED indefinitely yesterday from team activities after he was arrested for throwing a man through a glass door in the South Side this weekend.”

SHEARD:
He was restored to the team (8/4/10) after the charges were reduced to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct, and paid restitution for injuries and damages incurred during the fight. Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said. “ . . . I’m confident he will learn from this and be wiser moving forward. Sheard will continue to face some internal discipline . . . ”

GONZALES:
While participating in preseason camp, Gonzalez will be subject to “internal accountability,” Graham said. “We know Anthony will learn from this experience and be better for it moving forward.”

Hmmm . . . still don’t see any difference! Seems like the same “crock”.

Comment by Bert 07.29.11 @ 2:08 pm

Bert – Sheard didn’t miss one minute of training camp or playing time… not one minute. Gonzalez has already been formally suspended for two games.

If you can’t see the difference there you aren’t looking.

Comment by Reed 07.30.11 @ 7:06 am

Reed – my problem is Graham’s “tough talk” about accountablity, self-discipline, etc. and how he won’t tolerate any of it — well he just did! If he was going to hold true to his word, then he would have kicked Gonzalez off the team especially to prove his point to the rest of the team. Yes he has a two game suspension, but he will also (like Sheard) not “miss one minute of training camp” as you put it.

Comment by Bert 08.01.11 @ 9:07 am

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