Moments before Pitt is supposed to travel to Notre Dame for its Saturday afternoon tilt with the No. 4 team in the country, first-year head coach Paul Chryst has an off-the-field issue to deal with.
According to a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, running back Ray Graham, receiver Devin Street and cornerback Lafayette Pitts--three starters--have been charged with assault and conspiracy on Thursday night.
As of early Friday morning, the school has not commented on the matter. The status of the three players for Saturday's game has also not been determined, but could be addressed later today.
The incident took place in the early hours of October 21, just hours after the team would have returned from its 20-6 win at Buffalo. Following that game, which ended around 6:30 pm on October 20, the team bused approximately four hours back to Pittsburgh.
According to the report, the three players surrounded a man near the corner of Oakland Avenue and Bates Street during the early hours of October 21. The man was punched by Street, according to the report.
All three players have started all eight games this season. Graham is coming off a knee injury that ended his 2011 season after eight games. He has rushed for 622 yards and 7 touchdowns this season, ranking fourth in the Big East in rushing. Street is attempting to become the first Pitt player since Larry Fitzgerald (2003) to lead the Big East in receptions and receiving yards. Through eight games, he has 50 receptions for 695 yards. Pitts leads all Big East players with and average of 27.8 yards per kickoff return this season, and forced his first career fumble with a recovery in the win over Temple.
The team is scheduled to depart for Notre Dame today at 4 pm.