Pitt defensive end Jabaal Sheard suspended indefinitely


Pitt Panthers senior starting defensive end Jabaal Sheard has been suspended indefinitely, the school announced Sunday evening. Sheard was involved in an altercation in the Southside early Sunday morning and was arrested and charged with various misdemeanor and summary offenses. “We are in the midst of gathering information on a weekend incident involving Jabaal Sheard,” said Pitt athletic department spokesman E.J. Borghetti. “While we conduct our own investigation Jabaal has been indefinitely suspended from the team.” In his junior season, Sheard had 42 tackles, 101/2 for loss and five sacks.

Pitt and West Virginia taking different routes on possible expansion


Pitt officials committed to the Big East The future of the Big East as a BCS conference or even a relevant conference remains murky as expansion throughout college football is on-going. The Pac-10 is making moves to becoming a 16-team Super conference and the Big Ten added an 12th member last week in Nebraska. The belief is that there will soon be four-16 team mega conferences that will comprise of the Pac-10, SEC, Big Ten, and the ACC by the year 2012 or 2013. In the Big East, Pitt would appear to be a good fit in the Big Ten but the Big Ten conference is showing little interest in Pitt. At this point, Pitt is not on the Big Ten’s radar. The Big Ten is eyeing the New York market and are coveting Big East members Rutgers and Syracuse over Pitt. Pitt officials I’m told are fully committed toRead More »

NCAA: Nebraska to join Big 10; Missouri, Notre Dame to follow?


According to multiple reports, The University of Nebraska will officially announce on Friday that the school is joining the Big Ten. The Big Ten conference is looking to expand and Nebraska has been one of the top schools on the Big Tens radar. The Big Ten conference is also in serious discussions with Missouri and Notre Dame. It is highly expected that Notre Dame will join the Big Ten and Missouri is likely to follow Nebraska and leave the Big 12 for the Big Ten.

NCAA: West Virginia’s Devin Ebanks declares for NBA


West Virginia University sophomore Devin Ebanks announced today that he will make himself available for the 2010 NBA draft. “I have decided to enter my name into the 2010 NBA draft,” says Ebanks. “I spoke to my mother and the coaching staff, and we have decided that I should explore my options to pursue a dream that I have had since I was a little kid. I want to thank West Virginia University, my coaches, my teammates and all the great fans.” “I certainly enjoyed coaching Devin for two years,” says coach Bob Huggins. “He was extremely coachable and was a great teammate. We certainly wish him the best for a long and prosperous career.” As a sophomore, Ebanks averaged 12.0 points per game and led the team in rebounds, averaging 8.1 boards per game. WVU finished with a school-record 31 victories, won the BIG EAST tournament and advanced toRead More »

NCAA: Hofstra seeks permission to speak to Pitt’s Tom Herrion


University of Pittsburgh Mens’ basketball assistant coach Tom Herrion is on the radar of Hofstra University, according to sources in the Pitt program. According to sources, Hofstra AD Jack Hayes is seeking permission to speak to Tom Herrion about Hofstra’s head coaching position. An interview could happen by the end of the week. Herrion joined Jamie Dixon’s staff in 2007 after previously being the head coach at the College of Charleston from 2002-06.

NCAA: IUP’s Joe Lombardi on RMU’s radar? Jamie Dixon buzz


College Basketball Coaching buzz Andy Katz of ESPN is reporting that Oregon is shooting large by going after Gonzaga’s Mark Few, Pitt’s Jamie Dixon and Florida’s Billy Donovan. Oregon officials have approached Dixon through back channels to gauge interest, according to a source in the Pitt program, but Dixon has expressed zero interest in Oregon and is fully committed to Pitt, according to the source. With a strong recruiting class coming in 2010 and 2011, sources indicate Dixon envisions Pitt being a potential final four team in the 2011-2012 season. Dixon is already on the recruiting trail, currently in Ohio tonight scouting the state playoffs. For Dixon to consider leaving Pitt, a perfect opportunity will have to present itself and to this point there hasn’t been one. Dixon didn’t have any interest in Arizona last spring and the same goes for Oregon this season. Pitt moving to the Big 10Read More »

NCAA Tournament: Xavier ends Pitt’s season; Butler leads No.2 West Virginia into the Sweet 16


Crawford leads No. 6 Xavier past No. 3 Pitt The Pittsburgh Panthers season came to an end on a disappointing note today as Xavier’s Jordan Crawford scored 27 points, including a breakaway dunk with less than two minutes remaining to lead No. 6 Xavier past No. 3 Pitt 71-68 in the West Regional. History has shown during Pitt previous eight appearances in the NCAA tournament that on most occasions Pitt loses to a team that has a player who can take over a game and history repeated itself in Milwaukee Sunday evening. Crawford who became a known name during the summer after dunking on NBA star Lebron James, was 9-for-15 from the field and 4-for-7 from three point range in the win.