Pitt notebook: Pitt's Chryst 'feels good' about not suspending players
Pitt coach Paul Chryst said Monday he “feels really good” about the decision not to suspend three starting players accused of misdemeanor simple assault and conspiracy in an incident last month in Oakland.
“At this point, with the knowledge that we have and had at the time, (we) felt like it was the right thing to do,” Chryst said. “We want the truth to come out, and we want to be able to handle everything the right way. I feel good that we have.”
Chryst, who said he consulted with Chancellor Mark Nordenberg and athletic director Steve Pederson, said he hasn't heard anything further on the incident in which senior Ray Graham, junior Devin Street and redshirt freshman Lafayette Pitts came into the path of Karl Olsheski and others at 12:30 a.m. Oct. 21 on Oakland Avenue, according to a criminal complaint. Graham blocked his way, Street stood in front of him, and Pitts was behind him. Street hit him once on the left side of the head, the complaint said.
We haven't heard anything (further), but we are not just going to put our head in the sand,” Chryst said. “If we heard anything, we are always going to be as proactive as we can.”
The players were not arrested but were mailed summonses to appear at a preliminary hearing in Pittsburgh Municipal Court on Jan. 9.
• Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly admitted the Irish had two players on the field — cornerback Bennett Jackson and wide receiver Chris Brown — wearing the same jersey number (2) during Kevin Harper's missed field-goal attempt in the second overtime Saturday. If the officials had noticed, a penalty would have been called and Pitt would have had a first down and a chance to kick again. “It was a coaching mistake,” Kelly said. “We've got to do a better job. It's an oversight that can't happen.” Chryst said the play will be reported to the Big East as part of Pitt's weekly routine. “They'll respond,” he said. “They have been good about that.” Pitt was penalized last season in the Rutgers game when No. 5s Cam Saddler and Ejuan Price were on the field together.
• Chryst said he does not agree with quarterback Tino Sunseri's remark Saturday when he blamed the loss on Harper. “I don't know if one play is ever the difference,” he said. “It doesn't fall on one guy. For the most part, players have been supportive (of Harper).” Chryst added that he will talk to Sunseri about the comment.
• Linebacker Emanuel Rackard may not play Friday after suffering an undisclosed injury Saturday.
— Jerry DiPaola
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