Pitt senior safety/linebacker Elijah Fields has been dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons.No matter how you look at it, this will be at least a blow of some degree to Pitt. Fields seemed to really respond last year when he played a bit in that roving linebacker role - strong enough to rush the line but agile enough to cover men downfield a bit.
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.
I haven't seen the video yet and don't even know if it's still there. So I'm unsure if he was booted for drinking while underage (not sure when the video was shot - he's 21 now) or if he was booted for merely drinking in the video along with other content. More on this later, but for now, not good.