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Returning to Pitt reportedly not an option for Rushel Shell

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Apparently, at least as far as Rushel Shell is concerned, you can’t return home again.

Sunday, it was reported that the running back had undergone a change of heart and would not be transferring to UCLA after all.  Additionally, there were reports that Shell had decided to stay at Pittsburgh, from where he had decided to transfer in early April.

To quote Lee Corso, not so fast my friends.

Shell will not be returning to #Pitt, according to a source with knowledge of the situation,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s Sam Werner tweeted a short time ago.  Werner added that, per his source, the Panthers “never seriously entertained the option of Shell returning.”

Around the time of Shell’s transfer, it was thought that he would move on to Arizona State and join former Pitt head coach Todd Graham.  It’s unclear if that remains an option — he had been restricted from going to ASU — for a player who would likely have to sit out the 2013 season if he moves to an FBS program.

Cal was also considered a viable option for Shell at one point as well.

As the primary backup to Ray Graham last season, Shell rushed for 641 yards and four touchdowns.  Both of those totals were good for second on the team, and tops among returning backs.

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4 Responses to “Returning to Pitt reportedly not an option for Rushel Shell”
  1. indywvu says: Jun 24, 2013 4:21 PM

    I commend Pitt/Cryst/whoever made this call, if it is true.

  2. friedberg7 says: Jun 24, 2013 4:50 PM

    Hopefully this starts a new trend in college sports where that you can’t transfer if you don’t get your way.

  3. agc99 says: Jun 24, 2013 8:13 PM

    Maybe he should think about education and give football a break for awhile.

  4. blastfurnaceknows says: Jun 26, 2013 10:34 AM

    This is a real shame. This kid could have been a star at Pitt with a bright NFL future with Chryst as his head coach and, for some reason, he decided to piss that opportunity away. What he really needs to do is separate himself from whoever it is that has clearly been giving him terrible advice.

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