Dan Mason, Arthur Doakes no longer with Pitt's football program

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Linebacker Dan Mason is no longer a member of the Pitt football program, a team spokesman confirmed Monday.

Mason, a Penn Hills graduate, would have been a redshirt senior this season. He missed all of Pitt's spring drills tending to off-the-field issues.

Mason played in all 13 games for Pitt as a freshman in 2009, but had his career derailed when he suffered a gruesome knee injury three games into the 2010 season. He missed the rest of that year and all of 2011.

He returned to the Panthers in 2012 and appeared in five games, starting two. His season was once again cut short, though, when he suffered a lacerated liver making a tackle in late October against Temple. In five games in 2012, he had 27 tackles -- 12th best on the team -- and 1.5 sacks.

Another player absent from Pitt's 2013 roster is offensive lineman Arthur Doakes, who has transferred to Stony Brook. Doakes played in 12 games in 2012, starting four.

He was suspended for the BBVA Compass Bowl for a violation of team rules, and Pitt coach Paul Chryst was vague when asked about Doakes' future with the team.

Doakes did, though, participate in limited drills at spring practice.

Quarterback Tra'von Chapman and defensive lineman Khaynin Mosley-Smith are on the updated roster, though both remain on indefinite suspension for legal troubles.

Pitt women's basketball

Pitt women's basketball season tickets went on sale in conjunction with the Panthers releasing their non-conference schedule.

First-year coach Suzie McConnell-Serio will be hoping to breath new life into a program that hasn't won a conference game since 2011. The Panthers will be playing in their first year in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The home schedule starts with an exhibition game against California University of Pa. Nov. 3, and also includes games against Bucknell, Lafayette, Mount St. Mary's, Buffalo and Old Dominion. The highlight of Pitt's non-conference home slate will come Dec. 29, when Duquesne, where McConnell-Serio coached for the past six seasons, visits Petersen Events Center.

On the road, Pitt will travel to Ann Arbor to take on Big Ten opponent Michigan.

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