Former Pitt QB Stull to rejoin Power
Former Pitt quarterback Bill Stull is returning to the Pittsburgh Power.
Power owner Matt Shaner said the Arena Football League team has signed Stull to a contract, and he will be introduced at a news conference Monday.
"He has to clear the league (transaction process)," Shaner said. "But I don't expect anything to stop him (from joining the team)."
Stull, who had no comment when reached Saturday, joined the Power last year, but at the start of this season, he decided not to play while finishing his communications degree at Pitt.
But Stull agreed to return with only five weeks remaining in Pitt's semester, and he may be available for the Power's home opener Friday at Consol Energy Center against the Philadelphia Soul.
Before the Power signed Stull, Andrico Hines was the only quarterback on the roster, the result of Shaner firing the entire team amidst the threat of a players strike two hours before the season-opening game March 9 in Orlando, Fla.
After the players were told they were fired, their union declared a strike but called it off after 10 players decided to play that night in the Power's 40-26 victory over the Orlando Predators.
Subsequently, Shaner offered new contracts to 22 players from the orginal roster, with the exceptions of starting quarterback Kyle Rowley and kicker Taylor Rowan, and 18 accepted.
Asked why Rowley, who was the Power's union representative, was not offered a new contract, Shaner said, "He doesn't fit our system."
Rowley said no one from the team's front office has told him why he wasn't asked to return.
Meanwhile, Shaner said every player, including Rowley, Rowan and others who did not play against the Predators, will be paid a $450 game check.
"It's an extra expense I decided that the organization would pay because most of the guys re-signed with the team," Shaner said.