Several Pitt football players left the program recently and many of their new homes have been announced.
First, quarterback Ben DiNucci is headed to James Madison. That’s been known for some time and he’s had the JMU logo on his Twitter page for a while since leaving Pitt. But it was recently announced that he has now enrolled and is on campus for the spring.
Defensive lineman Rori Blair actually didn’t suit up for the team in 2017 after being dismissed last summer. But his career isn’t over and he’ll play for Valdosta State in Division II with one year of eligibility left, per the Post-Gazette.
Quarterback Tom MacVittie will be going the community college route in an effort to try to get on the field this season. He’s headed to Mesa Community College, as announced by the team’s head coach.
None of these are terribly surprising. While DiNucci has shown he can make some plays, the non-P5 level makes good sense for him. He clearly struggled in the ACC and wasn’t consistent enough to prove he really deserves a job at this level.
Pugh’s transfer raises some eyebrows, I guess, just because he was such a highly-touted recruit with a ton of quality offers. With so much initial interest, I’m sure bigger programs would have taken a look at him. But going to Howard also allows him to play immediately since they are in the FCS.