On the Prowl

Welcome to the newest addition to the Panther Report, "On the Prowl". This new weekly feature will be a review of events concerning the University of Pittsburgh Athletics. The column will also highlight some tidbits of information on former Panther players and recruiting information.

National Football League

The NY Giants waived TE Darnell Dinkins. The former Panther has been an NFL survivor, so don't count him out just yet. The former Schenley High School star will look to land elsewhere.

RB Brandon Miree and the Denver Broncos came to terms on a 3-year contract. Miree received a $24,065 signing bonus. The three year deal will see Miree receive the league minimum $230,000 this year, $305,000 in 2005, and $385,000 in 2006.

The Chicago Bears came to terms with DE Claude Harriott on a 4-year deal. Harriott was slowed up last fall by a nagging leg injury that caused him problems all season and severely hindered his performance.

The enigmatic WR Antonio Bryant, who has never shied away from voicing his displeasure in the past, apparently is still at it. Bryant reportedly threw a jersey in the face of Head Coach Bill Parcells during mini-camp. Many had thought Bryant had worn out his welcome with the Cowboys. On Monday, the two sides met face-to-face and Bryant will play this season.


Big East Conference

The annual Big East media day was held at the Meadowlands on Tuesday. Pittsburgh Head Coach Walt Harris announced that WR Terrell Allen and K David Abdul would be forced to miss the entire 2004 season. Allen injured ligaments in his wrist during spring practice and had to have them surgically repaired. The loss of Allen leaves a gaping hole at the third receiver slot. Perhaps Joe DelSardo can build on a strong spring and seize his opportunity. Allen may be missed on special teams more than anything. The fleet-footed Allen is magic with a ball in his hands. The often under-utilized South Carolina product will be missed.

Abdul suffered a severe fracture to his right leg. Abdul's leg was fractured in three places and he had a steel rod inserted. David's hardships have been well documented in the past and he has always come back from adversity. JUCO transfer Joshua Cummings will now have a golden opportunity to grab the reigns. Cummings is a former JUCO all-American from California. Incumbent B.J. Gibboney figures to provide competition for Cummings.

Harris also announced two moves that weren't exactly a secret, but he confirmed them. Charles Spencer, the freakishly athletic defensive tackle, has been shifted to the offensive left guard spot, where he should compete for the starting job. The 6-5, 300 Spencer is very gifted physically, it just hasn't equated to success on the field yet. Also, Vernon Botts was shifted from defensive end to tight end, an area the Panthers desperately needed depth at.

Boston College could be forced to stay in the conference one more year. When Miami and Virginia Tech fled, the stipulation was that they pay a $1 million dollar out clause and give 12 months notice. After their respective departures, the powers that be instituted and new clause, which meant that Boston College would have to pay $5 million dollars and give 27 months notice. Boston College has since sued the conference. In the end, money will likely be the cure all for the situation. The ACC is depending on the entrance of Boston College to give its league 12 teams in order to have a conference championship game. However it unfolds, the outcome should be interesting.

Miami also announced that it has excepted the application of the oft-troubled LB Willie Williams, Williams has reportedly been arrested 10 times and made national news last fall with his recruiting diary in a Florida paper. The decision could and most likely will come back to haunt the Hurricanes. The potential fallout will be seen with this year's recruiting class. So many prospective recruits and their parents are starting to voice their concerns.


Big 33

Ohio defeated Pennsylvania 34-30 in the 47th annual Big 33 game on Saturday. Three Panther recruits participated in the game. LB Scott McKillop, CB Darrelle Revis, and CB Steffan Brinson. Revis played both ways, McKillop made six tackles in the game, and Brinson had a 40-yard return on the game's opening kick off. On a side note, Division 1-AA Villanova had 4 kids in the game, compared to 3 for Pittsburgh.


Basketball

Sources say SG Ricky Torres may be a Panther soon, stay tuned.


Football

3-Star offensive lineman Ronnie Wilson (6-4, 335) of Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, FL announced that he would take an official visit to Pittsburgh on October 16th for the Boston College game. Wilson is best friend with current Pittsburgh LB Clint Session.

4-Star LB Rico McCoy is looking at the first or second weekend in December for his official visit to Pittsburgh.

4-Star WR Nyan Boateng has said Pittsburgh may receive one of his five official visits. Boateng is a good friend of Chris Taft and he has spoken the Chevon Troutman and Carl Krauser. Can "Slice" help land the two-sport star? We shall see.

4-Star RB Mikell Simpson is curious as to why the Panthers haven't offered him yet. He has been to Pitt twice this year and has openly stated he loves it here. Simpson has close to 20 offers, and nothing from Pittsburgh. Seems tough to turn away a 200lb RB with 4.3 speed.


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