Pittman explained the situation in an official release from Texas:
"I want to apologize to my coaches, teammates, fans and everyone at The University for making this mistake. I was driving a friend's car and since he didn't have any ties to UT, I didn't think I was doing anything wrong. As soon as the coaches asked me about it this summer, I told them everything. I've been working through it with our compliance office for the past couple of months.
"I'm really disappointed because I was feeling good and hoping to convince coach Brown to let me play some against Arkansas State when they broke the news to me today (Friday). I want everyone to know I'm really sorry. It was an honest mistake and I'll do everything I can to make up for it."
Pittman was already listed as "out" for the season opener against Arkansas State because of a shoulder injury suffered in practice, but his suspension ensures that he will be out for at least the first three games.
A two-time honorable mention All-Big 12 selection, Pittman has caught 69 passes for 1,206 yards and nine TDs over the last two seasons. The 6-0,
200-pound Cameron, Texas (Yoe HS) native has played in 26 games and started 21.
Texas head coach Mack Brown also released a statement, saying::
"I'm disappointed for Billy. We've coached him for four years and I am confident he wouldn't intentionally do anything to be a distraction to our team. We look forward to his return for the Rice game."