Pitt running back Shell to transfer
Pitt running back Rushel Shell told coach Paul Chryst he will transfer from the university, ending his stay with the team after one season, a source close to the situation told the Tribune-Review on Monday night.
Shell and Chryst will have further talks Tuesday to discuss releasing Shell from his scholarship and where he can transfer. NCAA transfer rules mandate that a student-athlete must receive written permission from his initial school before he can contact another institution.
Pitt also has the right to block Shell from transferring to certain schools. If he transfers to another FBS school, he must sit out the 2013 season.
Shell didn't return telephone calls Monday night to the Tribune-Review.
Shell, who would have been Pitt's marquee running back this year in its first season in the ACC, has missed the past three spring practice sessions. He pulled himself out of drills March 22 with an injury and has not returned, amidst a report he was upset with coaches' criticism after a scrimmage.
Four days after Shell's final practice, a source close to Shell said he was considering transferring. Chryst last week excused Shell indefinitely from team functions, saying in a statement that the rising sophomore running back was “working through some challenges.” The coach also offered his “full support” to Shell and his family.
Later, while speaking to reporters, Chryst declined to answer questions about Shell's possible return.
Shell was one of the centerpieces of Pitt's 2012 recruiting class, joining other prospects in helping keep the group together after the sudden departure of former coach Todd Graham in December 2011. Shell committed to Pitt during his senior season at Hopewell, where he set a state rushing record with 9,078 yards.
Last season, Shell rushed for 641 yards and four touchdowns.
Jerry DiPaola is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- Pitt swingman Jones ready for breakout season
- ACC notebook: Pitt predicted to finish 6th in Coastal Division
- Clemson’s Stoudt is one of the unheralded ACC QBs trying to break out
- Zanna among players working toward NBA goal in summer leagues
- ACC bracing for NCAA rules changes involving coaches and athletes
- Motivated by his upbringing, Pitt’s Boyd exceeding expectations
- Pitt football loses Price for season
- Pitt hoops team will play in Bahamas
- Pitt soccer’s Carly Seneca continues on road to recovery
- With 4 starters back, Pitt’s offensive front looking for a rebound
- Pitt safety Vinopal hopes extra conditioning pays off