OAKLAND--Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi introduced a policy before the season in which he would refuse to reveal factual information regarding injured players, unavailable players and personnel changes.
Heading into Pitt's (3-2, 0-1 ACC) week-five homecoming game against Georgia Tech (3-2, 1-1 ACC) at Heinz Field, Narduzzi has stuck true to the policy.
Narduzzi's response: "No, nothing different than I told you Saturday. We'll hope it'll be soon."
Reporter: You said you 'hope.' I'm just curious, you hope what?
Narduzzi: "You guys..."
Reporter: Is he practicing?
Narduzzi: You'll see tomorrow morning. You guys know I'm not going to talk about injuries or anything else about anybody."
Reporter: I respect your position on that, Pat, but I was wondering whatever kept him out of the lineup the other day...
Narduzzi: "This seems like a hot topic here."
Reporter: He's a big player. Has whatever kept him out of the lineup Saturday night been resolved?
Narduzzi: "It's never resolved, is it? It's never resolved. We're still working. Next."
PantherMore.com wrote about Narduzzi's issues with the media and injuries two weeks ago. At this point, it's certainly reasonable to think that, if Whitehead sustained a minor injury or sickness, which is the likely scenario because Whitehead dressed and warmed up with his teammates Saturday, Narduzzi could be doing more harm to Whitehead by refusing to reveal the injury than he would if he would share Whitehead's status.