Pitt senior safety/linebacker Elijah Fields has been dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons.
Fields (6-2, 225) has had off-field issues throughout his career and had been disciplined several times -- including being suspended for the entire 2007 season -- but had seemed to pull it together enough to have his best season last year.
Still, he had several incidents of insubordination and other minor issues throughout the season, but the final straw came last week when he had a video posted on his Twitter page of himself partying with friends and apparently drinking alcohol.
Fields, 21, will remain enrolled in school for the semester and, if he completes his course work, will be able to transfer to a Division II or Division I-AA school to finish his final year of eligibility.
Fields, who starred at Duquesne High School and was the 2005 Associated Press Pennsylvania Class A player of the year, was expected to compete for a starting outside linebacker position this season. He had 34 tackles, three for loss, and three interceptions last season.
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