August 5, 2013

And Now Suspensions

Filed under: Football,Players,Scandal,Suspension — Chas @ 10:40 am

Fire up the outrage. Suspensions are announced and unresolved.

Ronald Jones:Suspended for entire season for “violation of team rules.”

K.K. Mosley-Smith:Suspended for entire season following the happenings at his shared apartment.

Tra’von Chapman:Still indefinitely suspended as no decision has been made.

I expect Chapman will also be suspended for the full season. Perhaps without being allowed to practice with the team.

Plus the fact that Saban gave him Julio’s number say’s a lot about his take on Foster.

Comment by Upittbaseball 08.06.13 @ 9:39 am

louisville got into the acc becuse it had a top notch football program and basketball.
not becuse of academics so pitt needs to wake up
we are not yale so dont act like we are.
academics are important but we dont need to get carryed away with it.
do you want to win 2 games a year so you can say we are like yale not me if you want to be like yale go there.

if that is what they want they should have joined
the ivy leage not the ACC.

Comment by FRANKCAN 08.06.13 @ 10:39 am

The level of academics in regard to a football/basketball team in relation to a school should be “not an embarassment.” As long as the players aren’t so stupid they embarass the university when they open their mouth, it’s fine. Obviously they get special treatment. As long as they aren’t cheating (*coughUNCcough*), whatever.

Comment by Justin 08.06.13 @ 10:54 am

we got into the ACC because of (1) basketball, (2) academics, (3) TV market, and (4) BC AD DeFilippo … not necessarily in that order

Comment by wbb 08.06.13 @ 10:56 am

NEWS FLASH! Rumor has it that Pitt Blather and Cardiac Hill might just have some additional company regarding available Pitt athletic blogging sites.

Supposedly the name will be “The Panther Pessimist” and will be currated by JoeD.

Comment by Dr. Tom 08.06.13 @ 11:26 am

The Record-Courier, the local Kent, Ohio newspaper has Judge Oswick quoted as utilizing Chapman’s sentencing as a message to him that his inappropriate behavior could destroy the opportunity that his athletic scholarship has afforded him.

The Judge, as a condition of suspending the balance of his jail time, is requiring that Chapman successfully complete “Anger Management” courses through the University of Pittsburgh. This could be a little Catch 22 if in fact he is kicked off the team and loses his athletic scholarship. Might be hard for him to complete the courses if he isn’t enrolled at the University going forward.

The tone I took from the Judge’s quotes seem to be one of “you’ve gotten youself in a fix” and you won’t get off easy again if you don’t change your ways. However it seems to me that there is an anticipation from the Judge’s remarks that she expects that Chapman will get a chance to continue his studies at the University of Pittsburgh, based on the above. Now does that also assume that he’ll still be on the football squad as well, that is much more vague, but still implied IMO?

Read the news report yourself and draw your own conclusions.

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Comment by Dr. Tom 08.06.13 @ 12:10 pm

lol Doc Tom on Panther Pessimist.

On the 2nd matter you would have to think, that Chapman and his lawyer probably had some discussion of what would happen to Chapman’s scholarship if he took a plea on a 4rth degree misdemeanor.

I’m sure nobody (especially Pitt) wanted this thing going to a jury trial.

Comment by EMel 08.06.13 @ 12:38 pm

WBB – your comment:

“Judging from the types of recruits Pitt is getting, I believe winning games is not the top priority now for the Pitt Admin. Since they are now assured of a stable cash flow from their athletics, I believe the Admin are more concerned with its reputation … and winning games is just icing.”

This is exactly correct and is a direct result of the last three years in PITT’s history.

Chryst couldn’t have done this type of housecleaning and roster changeover in his first year at PITT or he would have lost the support of the whole roster. I don’t doubt that the plan all along has been to get settled in his first year and remake the program and roster in the second to benefit the program for the future.

I also agree that one or two wins means nothing to the PITT admin if it comes at a reputation cost. I’m sure every person involved wants consistent nine or 10 win seasons but seven and eight will do if the program has no major problems.

Comment by Reed 08.06.13 @ 4:41 pm

Reed per your comment: “Chryst couldn’t have done this type of housecleaning and roster changeover in his first year at PITT or he would have lost the support of the whole roster.”

Pray tell, what makes you beleive Chryst hasn’t lost the players left or will after a number of lost games? (I hope I’m wrong on the losses.)

By the read of this blog, his chance of future success is given a low grade. Negative to be sure.

Can it be that hard to hire a winning coach? Hell, CINN (Kelly),and Lousiville did it. Pitt is the school with the big past tradition!

MikePITT and gc, I need to take some time and maybe give you guys some REALISTIC thoughts to mul over. I do appreciate your idealism. Too bad the world just doesn’t work that way. I will give you additional thoughts when I have some time.

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 08.06.13 @ 10:39 pm

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