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Pitt Suspends Six Players

September 2, 2000

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Pitt suspended six players, including last year’s leading tackler, Ramon Walker, and wide receiver Antonio Bryant, for Saturday’s game against Kent State.

Pittsburgh coach Walt Harris said the players were suspended for disciplinary reasons dating to last season, but he did not elaborate. He did not say if the suspensions would extend to the Sept. 9 game against Bowling Green.

Walker, a free safety, was one of the Big East’s leading tacklers as a freshman. Bryant, also a freshman last season, made 51 catches for 844 yards and six touchdowns.

Also suspended were starting linebacker Gerald Hayes, reserve defensive back Taron Gray, reserve defensive lineman Darrell McMurray and reserve freshman quarterback Rod Rutherford, Pennsylvania’s high school player of the year in 1998.

Harris said the suspensions were imposed now because this was Pitt’s first game of the season. He gave no prior indication the players would be suspended, although Bryant was bumped off the starting unit for Pitt’s final pregame practice Thursday.

Pitt basketball player Donatas Zavackas was suspended for three games last season, during an investigation of long distance telephone calls placed by students on university phones.

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