Pitt dismisses freshman quarterback Tra'von Chapman

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Freshman quarterback Tra'Von Chapman was dismissed from the Pitt football program, coach Paul Chryst announced Friday.

Chapman had been on indefinite suspension from the team since April 30 after being arrested for an incident involving a former girlfriend in his hometown of Kent, Ohio.

"We believe it is in everyone's best interest that Tra'Von pursue his academic and athletic careers at another institution," Chryst said in a statement. "We wish him the best."

Chapman was arrested April 26 and charged with assault and unlawful restraint. He pled guilty to a lesser assault charge July 29 and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, 40 hours of community service and a $200 fine. The judge suspended 87 days of his jail term and he served a three-day sentence.

As recently as a month ago, Chryst was privately optimistic Chapman would return to the program, according to a source, and it's unclear what changed in the past few weeks. The decision involved Pitt administrators beyond the athletic department, but Chryst ultimately signed off on Chapman's dismissal.

Chapman enrolled early at Pitt in January and participated in spring practices with the Panthers. He played in the spring game but did not complete a pass.

Out of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent, Chapman was one of the prized recruits in Chryst's first complete class at Pitt. He was rated as a four-star prospect and the 12th-best quarterback in his high school class by Rivals.com.

Now Chapman must seek a transfer just days before most schools begin classes. He also had offers from Cincinnati, Northwestern and Wisconsin, among others, out of high school.

Chapman is the 10th player to leave the program since the 2012 season ended. Six players transferred, including running back Rushel Shell who has since enrolled in classes at West Virginia. Safety Eric Williams and tight end Drew Carswell were dismissed for disciplinary reasons and linebacker Dan Mason left the team after missing all of spring practice with off-the-field issues. Two more players, wide receiver Ronald Jones and defensive lineman Khaynin Mosley-Smith, were suspended for the 2013 season for violations of team rules.

Pitt fired coach Mike Haywood in January 2011 after his arrest on domestic violence charges against a woman. Those charges were dismissed in February 2012.

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Sam Werner: swerner@post-gazette.com and on Twitter: @SWernerPG. First Published August 23, 2013 11:30 AM


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