Not everything is coming up roses for Pitt this week as DB, and potential difference maker on defense, Elijah Fields has been suspended for the season.
"Although we have suspended Elijah for the season, he will remain part of our program and practice," Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said. "We will continue to demand that he work hard on the field and in the classroom so that he can be an important part of our program's future."
No reason was given for the suspension although the Post-Gazette mentions some off the field issues which could be anything, but I'd bet drugs, alcohol, or a she-devil that stole his soul.
Meanwhile, despite having Shawn Chacon and Damarso Marte at the peak of their respective values with Chacon going fee agent next year and not coming back to Pittsburgh; the Pirates failed to make any significant trades in what was described as an unbelievable seller's market. There were rumors that Solomen Torres was also shopped and Jack Wilson would be gone in a salary dump. Instead the Pirates traded for Matt Morris who is owed $14.5 million over the next two years. Wilson will still be gone as soon as the Tigers agree to take the contract. So congratulations Pirates management for looking at the .404 winning percentage and deciding to stand pat. That takes a lot of guts or whatever Elijah Fields was smoking.