Mason demoted in aftermath of Douglas' hit-and-run
TribLIVE Sports Videos
» Starting middle linebacker Dan Mason was demoted to second team in the aftermath of a hit-and-run accident early Sunday on the South Side in which teammate Jason Douglas faces a variety of charges. "Dan has to learn to make better decisions," Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said. Douglas, 19, was charged with causing an accident resulting in serious injury, aggravated assault, DUI and underage drinking. He was suspended indefinitely from all team activities. Mason, who was a passenger in the car, wasn't charged. Wannstedt met with Mason and his family Wednesday morning. "This is for his good," Wannstedt said. "He needs to prove to me that he can do the right things and be accountable off the field, in the classroom and on the football field. When he does that, he will get his job back." Douglas, a third-string freshman running back from Opa-locka, Fla., is scheduled to return to court today. "The likelihood of his returning to this team is seriously in jeopardy," Wannstedt said.
» With Mason demoted, Max Gruder, the team's starting strong-side linebacker, will take over at first-team middle linebacker and get the start against Miami (1-1) on Sept. 23. Greg Williams will move from weak-side to Gruder's strong-side linebacker spot, a position he played last year. Tristan Roberts will move into starting weak-side linebacker role.
» Dom DeCicco (hamstring) and Andrew Taglianetti (groin) continue to make improvements after missing last week's game. Starting left guard Chris Jacobson remains hobbled with a sprained left ankle. If he can't play in a week, redshirt sophomore Ryan Turnley, who played the final three quarters of the New Hampshire game, will likely get the start.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- 4-year-old transplant recipient Angelo Giorno from Derry on life support, family says
- Hacker stuns Dayton family with computer takeover
- In reworking contract, Steelers WR Brown gets hefty pay raise
- Steelers accomplish mission to get younger, faster on defense
- Steelers trying to get missing defensive pieces on field
- Gameday: Pirates at Brewers, Sept. 3, 2015
- Point after touchdowns are extra special in NFL this season
- Police warn of phony fundraiser for Somerset Hospital
- Through all gimmicks, NFL remains downfield passer league
- Steelers running back eager to prove he can help bridge gap to Bell
- NFL going back to the future with Los Angeles