Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt has dismissed two seniors – defensive tackle Tommie Duhart and receiver T.J. Porter – from the Panthers’ football program.
Both players will transfer, according to a statement released by the university’s athletic department. A Pitt spokesman said Wannstedt will have no further comment on the issue.
Porter, 21, of West Palm Beach, Fla., was suspended indefinitely prior to spring drills following a February arrest for driving under the influence. It was Porter’s second DUI in less than a year. He also was arrested in May 2008 and was participating in a court-supervised rehabilitation program.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Porter led the Panthers with 37 receptions for 329 yards in 2007, and was third on the team with 25 catches for 357 yards last season. He also averaged 11.5 yards on 16 punt returns.
Duhart, a 6-4, 290-pounder from Belle Glade, Fla., started three games in ’07 after transferring from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College and had 24 tackles, 4.5 tackles for losses, a sack, two forced fumbles – including one that he recovered in the 13-9 victory over West Virginia – and a blocked kick. He played in only seven games this past season, recording three tackles and a blocked kick.
Duhart was one of three players suspended for the remainder of spring drills April 7 for violating team policy. Senior cornerback Aaron Berry and redshirt sophomore center Wayne Jones were the other players suspended. Duhart missed the first week of spring drills last year to fulfill academic requirements, and spent the second half of last season in Wannstedt’s doghouse for off-field issues.