Very early this morning, a report surfaced that three starting members of the Pittsburgh football program had been arrested on assault charges following an incident late last month.
While the statuses of running back Ray Graham, wide receiver Devin Street and defensive back Lafayette Pitts had been up in the air throughout the morning, that’s no longer the case; the trio will, barring an unexpected development, will play vs. Notre Dame tomorrow.
In a statement released by the school late Friday morning, Pitt officials acknowledged that they are aware of an alleged incident involving the players, although all three, per the statement, deny involvement.
As a result, no suspensions are in the offing, at least for the time being.
Here’s the school’s statement, in its entirety:
The University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department was recently made aware of a police report relating to an incident allegedly involving three of our football student-athletes on October 21. Those individuals have denied any involvement with the situation and have offered to speak with authorities, although to date they have not been questioned or received any court documents. We take matters of player discipline very seriously and will continue to cooperate with any investigation. However, we will not, and hope others will not, rush to judgment on these misdemeanor allegations. All three players will remain active members of our program while we gain more clarity on this situation.