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November 16, 2012

A Sad End

Filed under: Football — Chas @ 11:42 am

You may have seen the note at the bottom of the article on the O-line on Darius Patton being dead. Patton signed with Pitt in 2011. Patton was a speedy, undersized receiver expected to have a significant role down the line in FraudGraham’s offense. While he did see some action as a freshman, his most notable incident was collapsing in training camp — for reasons never disclosed. He left the team this past spring for –again — undisclosed reasons. The reasonable assumption being that he decided that he wouldn’t fit in the offense Chryst was running. Yet he did not end up at another school.

Sadly, it appears that it was a suicide.

The death was confirmed a suicide by Southwest Regional Police Chief Riley Smoot, who said police were called to the residence at 7:13 a.m.

The official time of death was 8:06 a.m. Mercer County Coroner J. Bradley McGonigle ruled the cause of death asphyxiation by hanging.

Patton was a 2011 graduate of Poland High School where he played football and basketball, and ran track for two years. Considered the Mahoning Valley’s top football prospect for the 2011 class, Patton earned a scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh.

In his mother’s house, which had to be unbelievably tragic if she was the one to find him.

The reasons for his suicide are unknown. Obviously things have been a mess for him if he did not even transfer to a MAC school or YSU.

His father, who was a running back under Jim Tressel at YSU, is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute a variety of drugs. That wouldn’t help matters.

@Tossing Thabeets….I was at the Penn St game yesterday and funny you mentioned that about grabbing Penn St because a lot of their fans want to move to the ACC. they think it’s a more natural fit and builds better rivalries. Penn St athletics is in a place where a move could be made if there was ever a time it would be now. I say go for it if Maryland leaves

Comment by Wd 11.18.12 @ 10:14 am

Not sure about that last minute, Gas, but well worth watching! Not sure who your Internet provide us, but I have recently discovered ESPN3 on my iPhone. It’s a separate app, and definitely works better over wireless, but what a great find for someone outside the greater Pittsburgh viewing area!

For all intents and purposes, is the Big East conference pretty much dissolved after this season?

Comment by Lou 11.18.12 @ 10:15 am

I don’t think there is a buy out for the Big 10 … the issue is the revenue from the Big 10 network and the connectedness of the academic research shared within the conference. Not saying it’s plausible or feasible but something to look at. I’m not the first to bring it up – it’s been discussed previously with conference expansion.

ACC is $50 million per school – just approved this summer. Md and FSU were the only dissenters.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 11.18.12 @ 10:15 am

… if the ACC got PSU, the ESPN TV deal would go up just as it increased with the addition of ND. Adding PSU may even convince ND to join full time.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 11.18.12 @ 10:17 am

9:30 pm Wednesday ESPN2 PITT – MI

Comment by Frank MD 11.18.12 @ 11:59 am

Chris Peak is reporting he spoke directly to Johnson who confirmed his commitment.

Comment by Hoopzebra 11.18.12 @ 7:38 pm

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