Pitt coach Paul Chryst issued the university's first public statement on running back Rushel Shell, who has been considering a transfer, this afternoon. The statement reads, in full:
"Like many college freshmen, Rushel is working through some challenges right now. As it is for all members of our team, my most important concern is his personal well-being. Rushel and his family have our full support. We are giving him time away from football to work through this situation but he very much remains a part of our family on a daily basis. We want to be sensitive and respectful of Rushel, and I would ask others to do the same."
Obviously, this is far from a definitive word either way. From what I've heard this morning, Shell is still pondering a potential transfer, but still has not formally requested the paperwork to do so. Pitt practices at 2 p.m. today, and, given this statement, it sounds like Shell will not be present. Chryst will speak to the media afterwards, though, and it will be interesting to see what he says on the subject.