Wanted to get to this a bit sooner, but Pitt's head coach Paul Chryst held his first ACC teleconference last week. It's all good - as is standard fare with these sorts of things, there wasn't much that was missed.
The biggest piece of news? Perhaps Chryst's talk about the running back position still being unsettled right now:
Running back, however, is a bit of a different story. Chryst isn't concerned, but admits the position is unsettled.
"I think it's a little bit unsettled right now," Chryst added. "Isaac Bennett and Malcolm Crockett did some good things. They need to keep working, keep growing. James Conner will come and join us in the summer. I like some of the things we're doing right now, but we're not where we want to be."
'Unsettled' is a bit misleading as Pitt does have a starter - Issac Bennett. We can talk all we want about the loss of Shell and that Bennett may struggle a bit, but there's really no other option there. And after the way he performed in the 2012 spring practices and the 2013 spring game, it's pretty clear that he's the guy. As I said before, I don't think he's being knocked off as the top guy.
One thing that could be considered a bit unsettled is the backup spot. Malcolm Crockett and Desmond Brown are the two main guys there, but James Conner will get a look in the fall. Even though that's still up for grabs, though, if Bennett plays the way he's capable of, the No. 2 guy becomes much less of a concern. I'm not sure any of those three guys will be significantly better than the other, so really, it comes to finding a guy coming in and simply being able to spell Bennett. As long as they can keep defenses honest and hang onto the ball, I'd be fine with that.