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Report: Pitt bars Rushel Shell from transferring to Sun Devils

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In December of 2011, after less than a full year on the job at Pittsburgh, Todd Graham abruptly and unceremoniously left the Panthers for his “dream job” at Arizona State.  A year and a handful of months later, Graham and his Sun Devils were in line to benefit from his time at Pitt… until his former employer stepped in.

Citing an unnamed source, ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad is reporting that Pittsburgh has denied Rushel Shell‘s request that Arizona State be one of the schools to which he can transfer.  It was announced earlier in the week that Shell would be transferring from the Panthers football program, with the early speculation heavily centered on a landing with the Sun Devils.

While Shell did not play for Graham, he was recruited by the coach and his staff during their very brief tenure at Pitt.

Arizona finds itself in a similar position as its in-state rivals as Schad reports that a transfer to the Wildcats has been barred as well due to the presence of former Pitt assistants on Rich Rodriguez‘s staff.  Shell will also not be permitted to transfer to the ACC, the conference to which the Panthers will be officially moving July 1 of this year.

Two of the schools on Shell’s transfer to-do list, Cal and UCLA, will presumably get the thumbs-up from the back’s former school.

Shell does have one option remaining if he truly wants to transfer to either Arizona school. “Shell can request a university hearing, outside the athletics department, in an attempt to have Pitt’s ruling overturned,” the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wrote in confirming Schad’s report.

It’s understandable that Pitt would still harbor hard feelings over the manner in which Graham left the program, but the lingering animosity doesn’t make taking that frustration out on a kid any less wrong.  The NCAA is in the midst of a maelstrom of issues that weakens its credibility by the day; the petulance with which some coaches and programs deal with transfers is one of those that gets little or no play but should.

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13 Responses to “Report: Pitt bars Rushel Shell from transferring to Sun Devils”
  1. guinsrule says: Apr 5, 2013 6:34 PM

    Diarrhea is more popular than Todd Graham is in Pittsburgh.

  2. lew24 says: Apr 5, 2013 7:01 PM

    I think it was December of 2011 when Graham left.

  3. smcgaels1997 says: Apr 5, 2013 7:41 PM

    One of the few cases I understand why he was denied. I’m sorry but a coach shouldn’t be allowed to poach players if its from his old school to new school unless his contract was up.

  4. smcgaels1997 says: Apr 5, 2013 7:42 PM

    And UCLA and CAL are very good schools as well so it’s not like he was trying to go to Alabama.. It’s ASU

  5. wustlumdnj says: Apr 5, 2013 7:43 PM

    Unless I’m seeing this wrong – this is exactly what’s wrong with player treatment in the NCAA (besides the payment issue).

    Coach free to go, leave the program in ruins. Players? You will play for the new guy and you will like it – you are banned from transferring to the school where the coach that recruited you now coaches…

  6. Deb says: Apr 5, 2013 9:28 PM

    Rushel Shell? Sometimes I read these names and wonder how much parents really like their kids.

  7. agc99 says: Apr 5, 2013 10:31 PM

    I can’t say anything good about Todd Graham. Pittsburgh is better without him.

  8. therealpittbull says: Apr 5, 2013 10:45 PM

    Good for Pitt. There are no good qualities of Graham. A scumbag that left the school high and dry, trying to get a quick money grab.

  9. pens5829 says: Apr 5, 2013 11:32 PM

    If it wasn’t for college football, Todd Graham would be selling 10 year old cars on some two-bit car lot.

  10. therealpittbull says: Apr 6, 2013 8:41 AM

    Hail to Pitt!!!

  11. tjohn25 says: Apr 7, 2013 11:07 PM

    Get over it Pit fans! Like a bunch of losers that still talk about their ex 2 years after they broke up.

  12. therealpittbull says: Apr 8, 2013 11:11 AM

    @tjohn25:

    The difference here is that the ex comes back into your home, when you are married to another, and takes the best furniture, TV, and China you got in the divorce. So shut up!

  13. bcedge68 says: Apr 12, 2013 10:04 PM

    Yea. Pitt’s the bad guy. Whomever wrote this piece is a full blown idiot.

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