The NCAA, in its infinite wisdom, granted a sixth season of eligibility for Adam Gunn. That was the first step in his comeback. The second is for Gunn to be cleared medically to play. He will undergo medical evaluation this month to determine his readiness for competition.
"I've been working out for a while now, and I feel like I'm ready to go,'' Gunn said recently. "But I have not been cleared medically, so I'm waiting for that.''
Gunn entered last season as the starting strong-side linebacker at Pittsburgh for a second straight season. In 2007, he was the team's third-leading tackler with 59 stops and emerged as an important part of a unit that ranked fifth nationally in total defense (297.67 yards per game). Gunn was injured when he collided with middle linebacker Scott McKillop, was taken off the field on a backboard and missed the rest of the season.
"We are very pleased for Adam that the NCAA has given him an extra year of eligibility,'' Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt said.
"The next step is for him to visit with our doctors to see if and when he will be physically ready to begin playing again. We are, first and foremost, concerned with Adam's long-term health and well being.''
Pitt opens spring drills March 19 with a 2:45 p.m. practice and will hold 15 total sessions. The spring culminates with the annual Blue-Gold intra-squad scrimmage April 11 at 2 p.m. at Heinz Field.
Gunn Gets Sixth Season
Panther More Top Stories
Pitt-VT: Five things we learnedPitt (5-3, 2-2 ACC) fell to Virginia Tech (6-2, 4-1 ACC) 39-36 under the lights at Heinz Field on Thursday. PantherMore.com gives you five things we learned.
Panther More10:59 AM
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW: Virginia TechPantherMore.com gives you five things to know about Pitt's week eight opponent, the Virginia Tech Hokies (5-2, 3-1 ACC), who are in their first year under head coach Justin Fuente…
Panther MoreWednesday at 3:06 PM
Preseason ACC poll: Where does Pitt fall in?Pitt has been selected to finish 12th in the preseason ACC basketball poll.
Panther MoreWednesday at 1:35 PM
Four-star guard Marcus Carr commits to PittKevin Stallings and his staff picked up a 2017 commitment from Marcus Carr.
Scout HoopsWednesday at 7:43 AM