As part of a litany of disciplinary actions announced Friday afternoon by Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi, standout safety Jordan Whitehead is suspended for the first three games of the upcoming season. In addition, Narduzzi has dismissed senior defensive end Rori Blair, suspended senior linebacker Quintin Wirginis for the same amount of time as Whitehead, and suspended redshirt junior offensive lineman Alex Bookser for the season opener against Youngstown State. Perhaps the most significant impact here is not that Youngstown State game, of course, but the two that follow — mostly the Week 2 matchup with rival Penn State at Beaver Stadium. The defense is now considerably hamstrung, given that Whitehead is arguably its best overall player, while Wirginis and Blair were potential starters for their final seasons. “Our program’s foundation will always be built on discipline and personal responsibility,” Narduzzi said in a statement. “These are highly disappointing situations but I am hopeful that each of these young men will be better, stronger and wiser after taking accountability for their actions.” Bookser’s discipline comes as no surprise, given his DUI arrest stemming from reckless driving in the spring; the only reasonable question was how long his suspension would be. Blair, meanwhile, had evidently been in trouble before with the coaching staff, who didn’t play him in last year’s Pinstripe Bowl against Northwestern at Yankee Stadium.
Pitt suspends Jordan Whitehead, two others; Rori Blair dismissed from team
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Jul 28