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2016 NFL Draft: Top Draft Prospect Tyler Boyd Suspended for Pittsburgh’s Opening Game

Two of the University of Pittsburgh’s top players will be starting their 2015 season a week later than expected. Head Coach Pat Narduzzi announced Monday that junior wide receive Tyler Boyd  and sophomore defensive end Rori Blair. had been suspended for the Panthers’ opening game against Youngstown State University. By Cory Burrell Boyd and Blair were charged in separate DUI...
Via Optimum Scouting
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

YSU Game Suspensions

NARDUZZI ANNOUNCES DISCIPLINARY DECISIONS PITTSBURGH—Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi announced that junior wide receiver Tyler Boyd and sophomore defensive lineman Rori Blair will be suspended for the Panthers’ Sept. 5 season opener against Youngstown State. The one-game disciplinary suspensions were the result of the players being involved in separate offseason legal situations...
Via Pitt Blather
1 day ago  |  Discuss

These Are the Suspensions You Expected

Or, well, at least about what I expected. The suspensions were handed out for Wide Receiver Tyler Boyd and Defensive End Rori Blair. Both were dealing with DUI charges from the spring and summer. In a press release sent out after 5 pm today (can’t really wait until Friday with training camp about to start), Pitt announced the consequences beyond whatever internal discipline they...
Via Pitt Blather
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WR Tyler Boyd, DE Rori Blair are suspended for Pitts opener

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi has announced wide receiver Tyler Boyd and defensive end Rori Blair are suspended for the Sept. 5 opener against Youngstown State. Boyd, a 1,000-yard receiver in each of his first two seasons at Pitt, was charged with DUI in June. The All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection was pulled over in June south of Pittsburgh. Boyd...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pitt suspends WR Tyler Boyd for season opener

One of the best wide receivers in college football has been suspended from his team’s season opener. Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi announced on Monday that Tyler Boyd is suspended from the Panthers first game against Youngstown State. Sophomore defensive lineman Rori Blair will also sit out the game due to disciplinary action. “In addition to their game suspensions...
Via Campus Sports Net
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pitt: Conner, Boyd headline five players to watch in 2015

Pat Narduzzi brings a celebrated defensive resume to Pitt, but there's little star power on that side of the ball for the Panthers in his first season. If the program's fifth coach in five years is going to give the Panthers their second winning season since 2010, it's going to hinge heavily on two dynamic offensive players. FIVE TO WATCH IN 2015 1. James Conner, RB, Jr. Seventh...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Burning Questions: Pittsburgh Panthers

New season, new coach. For the Pittsburgh Panthers, it's a semi-annual tradition. Following a 6-7 season in 2014, culminating in a 35-34 implosion against a struggling Houston team in the Armed Forces Bowl, the Panthers once again hit the reset button -- though not by choice. The Panthers' coach, Paul Chryst, returned to Wisconsin, his alma mater where he worked as an assistant prior...
Via Fox Sports South
6 days ago  |  Discuss

More Players’ Good News

Copied from the Pitt Website…  James Conner talks to ESPN’s Andrea Adelson: JAMES CONNER TRIES FOR RARE ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR REPEAT By Andrea Adelson PINEHURST, N.C. — James Conner broke records, pounded opponents and had one of the most prolific seasons in Pittsburgh history, a school known for its remarkable running backs. Yet, he was not chosen to repeat as ACC Player...
Via Pitt Blather
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Prospect primer: James Conner | RB | Pittsburgh

Despite being lightly recruited and being listed as a defensive end by some recruiting services, James Conner burst onto the season as a big, bruising running back as a true freshman in 2013. He shared the backfield with Isaac Bennett two years ago but still managed to be a productive running back and capped off his first collegiate year by being named the Little Caesar’s Bowl...
Via EndZoneScore
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pre-Season 2016 NFL Draft Watch: Running Backs

Top TierJames Conner, PittsburghA quick anecdote on this year’s class: at the moment, none of the backs grade out as first rounder’s like Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon. Conner’s best attribute is that he is extremely tough to bring down. He not only has the power for the position, but also great vision and balance which make him a threat in the open field. However, his long...
Via The Sports Quotient
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitt star receiver Boyd sentenced to probation for DUI

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh wide receiver Tyler Boyd entered a first-time offenders program Friday following his arrest for driving under the influence last month. Allegheny County Common Pleas judge Robert Gallo also ordered Boyd's driver's license suspended for 90 days and required Boyd to complete a safe driving program. Boyd can ask Gallo to expunge the DUI charge against him...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitt WR Tyler Boyd gets probation on DUI charge

The saga of Pitt Panthers star wideout Tyler Boyd has come to an end, as a judge sentenced him to probation earlier today. Boyd was charged with DUI and will now enter a program for “non-violent first time offenders,” as was reported by Adam Brandolph of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Boyd will be on probation for a year and will also have to take safe driving classes. His license...
Via Campus Sports Net
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Pittsburgh coach files federal lawsuit over firing

The Pittsburgh Panthers seem to have gotten themselves into a bit of a situation when it comes to a former assistant coach of theirs. It was announced Thursday that former secondary coach Troy Douglas has filed a federal lawsuit against the team following his firing. College Football Talk reported that Douglas, who left Iowa to follow Paul Chryst in early 2014, was fired after Chryst...
Via Campus Sports Net
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitt DE charged with DUI after driving well over speed limit

It’s no secret that college athletes often find themselves in trouble, but Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Rori Blair just raised the bar in that department. As was reported by Liz Navratil of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Blair was charged with DUI in March after being stopped for driving 117 mph in a 55 mph zone. The officer who stopped him “detected a strong odor of...
Via Campus Sports Net
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi says no decision made on WR Tyler Boyd

Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi told reporters that no decision has been made regarding the future of suspended wide receiver Tyler Boyd. ESPN’s Andrea Adelson reported the story. Pat Narduzzi said Tyler Boyd was suspended from team activities for about a month after DUI arrest. No decision yet on further discipline. — Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) July 21, 2015...
Via Campus Sports Net
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Jordan Whitehead: Safety?

Chris Peak recently tweeted out that Pitt’s top incoming freshman, Jordan Whitehead, will start his career at safety. It’s an unexpected twist for Whitehead, whom many believed would compete to start at CB. With Reggie Mitchell viewed as a leader on the defense, this puts Whitehead in competition with Terrish Webb, Jevonte Pitts, and Patrick Amara for the other safety position...
Via Pitt Blather
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Conner on Doak Walker list

PITT’S CONNER NAMED PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD CANDIDATEThe junior tailback has earned plenty of preseason praise.                                                                                            PITTSBURGH—Pitt junior tailback James Conner received yet another preseason accolade today with his inclusion on the watch list...
Via Pitt Blather
19 days ago  |  Discuss

More Football Award Possibilities

July 15, 2015 PITTSBURGH—Three Pitt football players—offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty, running back James Conner and quarterback Chad Voytik—were named to the watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service.” Named after former Florida Gators and NFL quarterback Danny Wuerffel, the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the...
Via Pitt Blather
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking Back at Looking Forward

With the predictions we talked about in the comments in our last article I thought it would be fun to look back at this time three years ago and remind us all of what predictions we  made prior to the 2012 season getting underway. This three year old article, “2102 Season Predictions”, posted in the last week of August 2012, offered five questions for the readers to respond...
Via Pitt Blather
21 days ago  |  Discuss

The Last three Coaches’ First three Years

Now is the time, before football is being practiced and scrimmages played, where we fans like to sit down and compare what we have seen in the past from Pitt football and then speculate how the new kid on the block is going to handle his first time at the rodeo. Our new kid is Pat Narduzzi, a first time head coach and a football mind that should fit right in with the Western PA football...
Via Pitt Blather
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Bits & Pieces; July 7, 2015

Here are some small PITT football issues that have been in the media lately.  The one I saw first and am personally most concerned about is the possibility of WR Juwann Winfree sliding from Maryland, where he had gotten suspended twice, over to PITT. The move comes just nine days after Maryland Coach Randy Edsall suspended Winfree indefinitely for violating the school’s student...
Via Pitt Blather
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Historical QB Recruiting – Not So Sad; Part 2

Yesterday we looked at the four of the last ten QB recruits we have landed and it wasn’t that pretty.  Today we’ll look at the last six QBs and because they are more recent, less Pat Bostick in ’07, we’ll probably remember more of what they did or failed to do for the team. Remember we are looking at recruits and not transfers or walk-ons and the scores awarded are based...
Via Pitt Blather
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Jaryd Jones-Smith Out For the Year

Well this was a bummer of a press release. Pitt sophomore tackle Jaryd Jones-Smith, expected to contend for a starting position on the Panthers’ offensive line, will miss the 2015 season due to a right knee injury. Jones Smith (Voorhees, N.J./West Catholic [Pa.]) sustained the injury during an offseason conditioning session. He was a significant member of Pitt’s offensive front...
Via Pitt Blather
July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Been A While Since a Commit

Oh, sure it could be about the first verbal commit for Pitt since the end of March. But it is also about the first commit to Pitt from Central Catholic since Andrew Taglianetti and Tino Sunseri in the 2008 class. That seems crazy, but Pitt has only offered three kids from Central Catholic until this year (which also seems kind of crazy). Pitt has already offered three players from...
Via Pitt Blather
June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

A Different Side of James Conner

(Note: I am drafting a series that look at the leading players on each of the positions PITT will field this season.  I am doing the RBs now but as I was writing I got side tracked by the referenced article on James Conner’s good works.  Here is a compendium look at what he’s done in that area since he’s been at PITT.) The Trib has a June 18th article by Jerry DiPaola regarding...
Via Pitt Blather
June 18, 2015  |  Discuss
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