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September 6, 2012

Plus one injury.

To the surprise of, really no one, Coach Paul Chryst has lifted the suspensions of Tyrone Ezell, Shayne Hale, Rushel Shell, Ronald Jones, Chris Davis and Anthony Gonzalez. All six were already permitted to practice with the team this week. Not to mention being listed on the two-deep for the Cinci game.  So it mostly felt like a formality to make it official. That or Coach Chryst feels like this is some sort of tactical advantage to keep opposing teams unsure who will play — like his non-injury reports.

Anthony Gonzalez and Chris Davis did not make the travel team roster, however. If you are scoring at home, along with yet another position change, this is two straight seasons Gonzalez has put himself in a coach’s doghouse despite his athletic ability and potential. At this rate the only question with Gonzalez will be whether years later only Gonzalez looks back at his time with Pitt and think, “if only…” or will Pitt fans as well.

T.J. Clemmings who missed the YSU game with an undisclosed injury will also be back.

The D-line will have less of an excuse for this game with one starter and two more more back-ups available. Whether they can handle Cinci’s O-line and a mobile QB is still a big unknown.

With all the injured boys and suspended boys back I can see Pitt winning 33 to 30 and with Chad Voytik at QB and big Rushel Shell at RB!!!33-30 Mark It Down

Comment by RandyRandyTime 09.06.12 @ 7:58 am

Uh Randy,

You wont see Chad, and maybe 7 carries for Rushel.

Comment by H.LandPitt 09.06.12 @ 8:09 am

With these guys back on defense, lets hope the front 7 can make a better showing of it tonight. They were certainly invisible at the home opener!

I was surprised to read in the Gazette’s Red Shirt Diaries that YSU’s O line had 3 guys over 300 lbs. Cincy’s line is actually smaller on average, interesting stat, don’t know if it means anything though.

I sure am hoping that Pitt comes to play this game tonight. I’m pretty much fed up with the under achiever profile that this program has assumed over the last couple of seasons. An unexpected win could be a great turning point for this season if they can pull it out. I have no idea what to expect, last week surprised the $hit out of me and I’d be just as surprised with them bringing home a win tonight, but of course in a good way. A key will be the team’s attitude and if they play with some emotion. Hopefully, after having this a$$ kicking loss sink in, they are all pissed off at their poor showing against YSU and will have enough self respect to go out with a chip on their shoulder. Remains to be seen.

Comment by Dr. Tom 09.06.12 @ 8:19 am

i am not supposed to say this but Chad Voytik is starting at QB and Rushel Shell at RB and Pitt may drop Gardner-Webb and replacce them with a game vs Penn St Go Pitt

Comment by RandyRandyTime 09.06.12 @ 8:24 am

Chris Davis and Gonzalez should both be kicked off the team and free up 2 scholarships.
It’s their 2nd suspension.
It has to be serious to get to a suspension as there are other ways to discipline.
Its a privilege to play college sports not to mention the free ride worth $100k!!! Lets give it to someone else more deserving or who will put the work in!

Comment by Joe D 09.06.12 @ 8:42 am

Does anyone have any idea or heard any rumors why the players were suspended? I’d imagine that Chryst chose to err on the side of being too strict seeing that he is a new coach.

Comment by Wardapalooza 09.06.12 @ 8:47 am


What are you smoking this morning?

Comment by H.LandPitt 09.06.12 @ 9:04 am

Not to be a dick, but isn’t it 2 starters back on the DL, with Ezell and Clemmings both returning?

Comment by Kenny Powers 09.06.12 @ 9:54 am

we should recruit the youngstown players… cuz they owned us.

Comment by Snala The Panther 09.06.12 @ 9:56 am

Randy drugs are bad for you drink milk and lay
down and rest your mind.

Comment by FRANKCAN 09.06.12 @ 10:16 am

Joe D I agree. Especially coming from players who havent done shit on the field. What a joke

Comment by Timmeh 09.06.12 @ 10:31 am

I dont know about Davis but I would think Gonzalez is 0-2 in the count and one strike away from being gone. He’s contributed nothing on the field and he has been a big distraction and disappointment. With a full scholarship comes responsibility.

Comment by Coach Ditka 09.06.12 @ 10:38 am


From what I’ve heard,(I’m a student)there was a fight outside of McDonald’s on Forbes involving the six players and a few other people.

Comment by PatMac 09.06.12 @ 10:44 am

The front four defensive stats for Pitt from the YSU game are simply pathetic. 7 tackles out of a total of 43 for a percentage of 16% taken care of exclusively by D line. Is there any question on why YSU rushing totaled 225 yards? I don’t think so. And Donald recorded 3 of those 7 “solo”. Yeah that’s right that means the entire rest of the D line got 4 tackles TOTAL for the group.

This has to get better with Shayne Hale and Tyrone Ezell back in the line up. Has to.

The only bright spot was that Jack Lippert in his first start held his own with 3 tackles (2 solo and 1 asst) and was giving the QB pressure off the end a few times, even though he never got to him for a sack.

I just don’t get it, on paper this group shouldn’t stink it up like they showed us on Saturday. It Gots to get Better with Hale and Ezell fishizzel back in the line up. I’m just hoping that this was a “dazed and confused” initiation rite that this group went through in the opener, considering all the new guys and back ups that started on the D, because there is going to be a little more heavier lifting tonight than they saw on Saturday.

I’m also exhausted to the fact of Pitt pooping their pants on national TV. Please guys, at LEAST make a game of it tonight, OK?

Comment by Dr. Tom 09.06.12 @ 10:55 am

If the Dee line plays on their heels trying to protect the LBs, it will be another long night of never getting off the field. Please let these guys pin their ears back, get in the back field and disrupt some plays. Play like a victim and you’ll get victimized.

Looking for Tino to hook up with Jones & Cam for a few plays with lotsa YAC. And hopefullyhe never looks Street’s way…H2P!

Comment by jaygeekray 09.06.12 @ 11:25 am

Coach Ditka…
This is Chris Davis 2nd suspension!!!

Comment by Joe D 09.06.12 @ 11:26 am

Joe, then he should be on thin ice as well. We suck with them, we can suck without them. At least dumping these turds would send a message.

Comment by Coach Ditka 09.06.12 @ 12:01 pm

Fight at McDonald’s? Chryst suspended the only players with any fight in them?

Comment by 66Goat 09.06.12 @ 12:10 pm

@Chas, out of curiosity, was “517” the record comments for one of your posts??

Comment by Dan 09.06.12 @ 1:11 pm

Burger king has better french fries.

Comment by FRANKCAN 09.06.12 @ 1:56 pm

Good one Groat.

Comment by longsufferingpittfan 09.06.12 @ 2:04 pm

Fight at McDonalds and then your guys comments,,,,,,I’m lovin it! LOL

Comment by Dr. Tom 09.06.12 @ 2:56 pm

Maybe the McDonalds employee should of remembered to put cheese on the burger.

Comment by Get the Glory 09.06.12 @ 3:23 pm

Thanks PatMac. Nothing like getting in fight at the McD’s. I used to go there pretty often for late night food when I wasn’t in an O or Antoons mood. What happened to the good old days when players could get arrested and not miss any games?

Comment by Wardapalooza 09.06.12 @ 3:25 pm

Wardapalooza you are so rightwhen i grew up in
pittsburgh if you looked at some one wrong or if they looked at you wrong the first thing out of your mouth was what are you looking at jagoff.
the next thing you knew it was fist city no big deal it was a rough town.

when i was in high school they did not care if you fought just as long as it was off school grounds.
hell they even let us out to smoke a cig at lunch ,

In the old days a coach would say are you hurt if you were and couldent play you were in trouble
but if you werent hurt he would say did you win good go get your uniform on we have a game to night.

Comment by FRANKCAN 09.06.12 @ 4:09 pm

Looks like the next suspension will be due to a fight outside of Wendy’s

link to

Comment by wbb 09.06.12 @ 4:14 pm

hungry fans

Comment by FRANKCAN 09.07.12 @ 8:53 am

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