Pitt had some more offseason troubles this week when three football players were at the home where a heroin raid took place. According to the Post-Gazette, the three players involved, Eric Williams, Khaynin Mosley-Smith, and Drew carswell, will all be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
I'll never tire of the endless ways Pitt players find trouble.
Now, to be fair, it seems their involvement may be limited to being in the house. It was another man who was selling the drugs to undercover cops in their house. Still, a heroin dealer in your house (selling, no less)? Yeah, that's what you call extremely poor judgement. And of course, soon after that, our email box lit up with the official statement from Pitt and head coach Paul Chryst:
"We have strict and clear standards regarding these types of behaviors," Chryst said. "What has occurred with these three young men does not represent the standards of our program or university."
And, oh yeah - that included an indefinite suspension from the coach.
Too early to tell where this ends up, obviously. But as I said, even if the players were accused of nothing more than being in the wrong place at the wrong time, they're guilty of extremely poor judgement. The interesting part will be to see if the suspension carries into the season as a result of games missed. Even if the players are reinstated over the summer, suspending them for a game or two seems possible.
On the effect of the team, these are three guys all expected to contribute so it certainly would have an impact if they were suspended for a series of games. To say otherwise is foolish. None of the three are projected as starters, but all are expected to factor in when it comes to a two deep. Even if any aren't the immediate backup, their losses would hurt the team in terms of depth. Simply put, these aren't scrubs - they're all guys expected to factor in for playing time this season.
More to come on this.