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

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.

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