This isn’t exactly an optimal situation for Pat Narduzzi and his Pittsburgh football program.
Citing a university police report, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that a pair of Panthers freshmen, defensive back Paris Ford and tight end Tyler Sear, are facing charges following an Oct. 17 incident in which it’s alleged the teammates were involved in a physical altercation with each other. Each player is facing a charge of misdemeanor disorderly conduct/engaged in fighting.
The alleged incident took place in an athletics dorm.
From the Post-Gazette‘s report:
Ford… and Sear… were “engaged in fighting behavior” with each other, per a criminal complaint filed Wednesday. Further details describing the scuffle are sparse, though a Pitt police officer wrote in the complaint that “this course of conduct created a physically hazardous condition to a degree police response was required.
As of yet, the football program hasn’t commented on the situation and any potential ramifications the two may be facing.
Ford was the highest-rated member of the Panthers’ recruiting class this past year. He hasn’t played in a game this year and was a likely candidate for a redshirt even before the off-field incident.
Sear had played in the first four games this year, catching a pass in the season opener for 10 yards. He hasn’t played since the Sept. 23 loss to Georgia Tech.