OSU LB Bell Not Headed to Pitt
By Brandon Castel
If Ohio State linebacker Dorian Bell is planning to head for greener pastures, he won’t find them at the University of Pittsburgh.
Not according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sports writer Paul Zeise.
Despite recent internet rumors that Bell was on his way out of Columbus after being suspended for the entire 2011 season, Zeise does not believe the Monroeville, Pa. native will get an opportunity to return to the Keystone State, at least not with the Panthers.
“Former Gateway standout Dorian Bell may indeed leave Ohio State, but there is absolutely zero chance he will end up at Pitt,” he wrote Wednesday.
Zeise has covered the Panthers for the Post-Gazette since 2003 and he attended an event on Pitt’s campus Wednesday evening called Athletics at Pitt: The Forefront of a Century of Change. It was there he discussed the possibility of Bell transferring to the Big East.
“I was told tonight by several sources that Pitt coach Todd Graham will not even consider taking Bell, who is suspended for next season for unspecified rules violations, or any player who has been in trouble elsewhere,” Zeise wrote.
“So that should put an end to any speculation about Bell coming to Pitt.”
A former 5-star prospect from the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Bell was expected to compete for a starting job on the Ohio State defense this fall before the suspension for violating team rules, which was confirmed by head coach Jim Tressel.
Now in his third year with the Buckeyes, Bell has already used his redshirt, which means this season away from the field will cost him a year of eligibility. He would be allowed to practice with the team in the fall, and throughout the season, but could not play on Saturdays, assuming he decides to stick it out at Ohio State.
Tressel told the Columbus Dispatch that Bell has not yet asked to be released from his scholarship at Ohio State, and a university spokesperson confirmed similar information to the-Ozone.
A 6-1, 225-pound redshirt sophomore, Bell recorded nine tackles in eight games last season. He emerged as one of Ohio State’s best kick coverage players, but missed a chunk of the season with concussion problems.
With the departure of seniors Ross Homan and Brian Rolle, Bell was competing for a starting spot this spring, but spent most of his time backing up senior Andrew Sweat at the Will linebacker spot. If he stays at Ohio State, Bell would have two years of eligibility remaining after he serves his year-long suspension.
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