Fallout from hit-and-run DUI continues for pair of Pitt players

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One indefinitely suspended and likely to never see the field again as a member of the Pittsburgh football program, another demoted for at least this weekend’s game.

Aside from the legal issues facing the former, that’s the fallout continuing to rain down on Jason Douglas and Dan Mason from an incident over the weekend.

Douglas was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with causing an accident resulting in serious injury, aggravated assault, DUI and underage drinking.  The running back allegedly ran over a pedestrian and fled the scene of the accident, only to be caught a short time later by police.

Wednesday, head coach Dave Wannstedt intimated that Douglas’ time as a Panther is close to an end.

“Jason has been suspended indefinitely,” Wannstedt said. “He has a hearing [Thursday] but the likelihood of him returning to this team is seriously in jeopardy.”

Mason was a passenger in the vehicle driven by Douglas but was not charged.  Nonetheless, Wannstedt has decided to demote the starting linebacker to the second-team defense, and seemed to indicate the decision stemmed from more than just the weekend incident.

“I met with Dan Mason’s mother this morning and his family,” Wannstedt said. “Dan has to understand and learn to make better decisions as far as what he is doing, where he is at and who he is with. And as a result, I moved him to second-team middle linebacker.

“As I told him this is for his good, 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 and when he does that he will get his job back.”

Overall, this has not been a good week for Wannstedt and his 1-1 Panthers; Tuesday, it was learned All-American defensive end Greg Romeus would need back surgery and is out for an extended period of time.

Mark Dantonio quickly tosses aside South Carolina discussion

Mark Dantonio

Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.

He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.

“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network

Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.

Dan Patrick: Spurrier brought personality to the SEC

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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.

Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.