August 7, 2007

Coaches, players support Bostick

The competition for Pitt's starting quarterback job got a bit slimmer on Monday night when heralded freshman Pat Bostick left campus. Bostick, who came to Pitt as the No.1 player in Pennsylvania's Class of 2007 and one of the nation's top ten quarterbacks, figured to play a role in the quarterback selection process. On Tuesday morning, a press release from head coach Dave Wannstedt announced the news.

"With our full support and understanding," the release read, "Pat Bostick left campus last night and returned home to Lancaster to deal with a personal issue. Everyone connected with our program has the highest regard for Pat, not only as a talented football player but also as a fine young man. No timetable has been set for his return. We are leaving that judgment to Pat and intend to do everything we can to be supportive of him and his family."

Later in the afternoon on Tuesday, Wannstedt further addressed the issue.

"Really, I have nothing to add to my statement from this morning," he said. "We have shown our support with Pat and we will continue to show our support with Pat. I really don't have anything else to report at this time; when I do, you'll be the first to know. We're optimistic that we'll get it resolved and he'll get it resolved and he'll be back with us. I don't really have anything to add to that."

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