PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Pitt sophomore running back Rushel Shell is still considering leaving the Pitt program and head coach Paul Chryst is giving him time to think about it.
The university released a statement today. “Like many college freshmen, Rushel is working through some challenges right now. As it is for all members of our team, my most important concern is his personal well-being. Rushel and his family have our full support. We are giving him time away from football to work through this situation but he very much remains a part of our family on a daily basis. We want to be sensitive and respectful of Rushel, and I would ask others to do the same.”
Shell is expected to be the center of their offense this year after rushing for 641 yards and 4 touchdowns as a true freshman in 2012.
“We know he’s considering it and we know he’s pretty much set on it,” PantherLair.com’s Chris Peak told Starkey, Miller and Mueller on 93-7 The Fan. “It’s that next step of putting in the papers.”
Shell missed Tuesday’s workouts as Pitt head coach Paul Chryst told reporters it was “an excused absence.”
Chryst added Shell had a couple of things to work through.
“I think there are some issues possibly with teammates,” Peak said. “I think there are some issues with coaches and some issues with Rushel Shell himself. I don’t know to this point in his college career if his work ethic is what it needs to be, maybe you can draw some conclusions after that.”